You have your new Twitter account and everything is great until you become overwhelmed with all the new Twitter lingo. It happens to the best of us. We were all there at one time or another. Most new Twitter users agree, the hashtag, a topic with the hash symbol (#), seems to be the most confusing. Twitter hashtags, such as #IndyMusic, help spread information on Twitter while keeping it organized at the same time.
Identifying Twitter Hashtags
Even for the veteran, figuring out what a specific hashtag is being used for can be quite confusing. Luckily, there are some awesome tools to help us figure things out:
- Twubs: This handy little tool uses a Wiki system to help figure hashtags out. It aggregates Tweets and imports pictures to illuminate the topics being discussed.
- Tagalus: Is a hashtag dictionary. It is very easy to find information on thousands of hashtags as defined by other users. You can also define a hashtag by tweeting tagalus.
- What the Trend? This is probably the easiest tool to use. When something starts trending, it provides a quick blurb about what is going on.
- Hashtags.org: This tool is great about showing you a tags use over time and recent tweets. This is usually enough information to help you understand what the tag is all about.