Want me to love your hashtag? You better love it first

There’s an art to hashtags on Twitter. We know hashtags can corral conversations, help you find people you didn’t know existed and generally improve our Twitter (and Instagram) experience. It’s also easy to get it wrong and waste the effort you put into hashtags. Hashtags can be intriguing, powerful and attract new followers – but…

Conference hashtags: don’t forget the people in the room

This week I enjoyed a sensational two days at a conference – and it got me thinking about the evolving use of conference hashtags. Many conference organisers are becoming quite professional at how they approach Twitter.  In this case, during #PRIA2013, there was a volunteer social media team tweeting coverage for the entire event. I…

What the Facebook crowd needs to know about hashtags

Big news in the social media world today, is that Facebook will begin making hashtags clickable and searchable within Facebook (eg useful). I’ve written about hashtags in a few previous posts (Hashtags can mean business and Hashtag champions to name two) and don’t want to rehash the detail of how they work now (geddit?) For…

Hashtags can mean #business

Twitter without hashtags would be like cake without sugar – less palatable and a whole lot less fun. Hashtags help you cut a swathe through your tweetstream to follow the topics that matter to you and as a result, discover people that will interest you. [If you’re a Twitter newbie, you might want to read…

Twitter 101 series: conference hashtags

This read is for those who are new to Twitter or new to Twitter hashtags … You might have attended a conference recently, where other attendees were tweeting. Did you feel left out? Did you wonder what was going on? If you haven’t delved into Twitter yet, it can be difficult to understand the attraction…

Wading through social streams

Sorting through your social media streams can be as frustrating as pushing through a shopping mall crammed with lolling teenagers when you’ve only got 30 minutes to shop. As we spend more time on social networks, one of the inevitable consequences is that we’re connected to a greater numer of people online. And that means…

The 13 stages of #FF (a Friday the 13th special)

According to a story on Mashable in 2009 , Follow Friday on Twitter was initiated by a tweeter called @micah (If you’re not on Twitter,  a quick explanation. On Fridays, tweeters may choose to take part in the tradition of ‘recommending’ a few of their favourite tweet pals, by circulating their names along with an…

The awesome wit of #lameclaimtofame

We’ve all got a lame claim to fame – a story of bumping into a celebrity or politician that we can drag out at dinner parties. The #lameclaimtofame meme took off on Twitter this week and I enjoyed some truly droll and laugh-out-loud claims. So I’ve collected a few to share here: threebuttons: Mother just…

Twitter Christmas Presents

What do you give a Twitter friend for Christmas? This year, will you tweet out a mass Merry Christmas? (Just watch the term trend on December 25. How predictable is this going to be?) Will you tweet some individual best wishes to your Twitter BFFs? Will you offer a friendly, personalised direct message? Maybe you’ll…

#HaveYouRegisteredYourHashtag?

One of the things that amazes me about social media is how it can evolve in unexpected ways. Online information sharing sparks ideas for new ways to ‘do it better’ and often platform designers themselves are surprised by what occurs (at least, I imagine they’re surprised. I hope they’re surprised). The Twitter hashtag movement undoubtedly…