I signed up for my first Twitter account almost five years ago while attending a technology conference. A few of my colleagues were really excited so I decided to join too. After all, I work in educational technology so I should be jumping on the bandwagon, right? My first hashtag was #ttix. At the time I had no idea what hashtags, back channels, or lists meant. I think I only made a few tweets and stopped.
Fast forward to November 2012. I decided to start using my Twitter account again as I was getting ready to start my online writing presence. I found it very hard to navigate the millions of tweets that would post steadily all day long. I was having information overload. I don’t know about you but I was frustrated with Twitter. I couldn’t see how I could make it useful for me. I read lots of articles on how Twitter could help me with my writing and bring followers to my website. To tell you the truth I was overwhelmed. I am sure I was making more mistakes than anything.
I finally realized that the #hashtag was my friend. I have no idea why it hadn’t dawned on me before. I could find a lot of what I was looking for and suddenly Twitter was useful to me. I could find out information on conferences, what editors and agents were looking for, new books to read, etc. I could search for others out there with my same interests and connect with them. Twitter was for me. Now some of you may be laughing right now because you saw this right off the bat. I needed more time to process what it was going to do for me.
As a writer I’ve been using certain hashtags to help myself find information online and to share what I post with the community. Here is the list of hashtags I use. One word of advice that I’ve seen in most places is that you don’t want to overuse them. Don’t use more than 3 hashtags per tweet.
#TTT (Top Tuesday)
#WW (Writer Wednesday)
#FF (Friday Follow)
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I found several sites with lists of hashtags for writers. Here is one called 100 Twitter Hashtags for Writers to check out.
How are you using hashtags?