What is a Hashtag?
a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.
- For fun #thisISfun
- Tagging and connecting conversations in a unique manner
- Reference purposes
- and more
For the purpose of this post I will be discussing 2 and 3 and how to use it effectively.
Hashtags are a great way to connect an idea/concept/event/etc. You can use them in most social media venues, by simply typing # followed by a word or series of words (without spaces or punctuation) While you can hashtag in most social media venues the posts are not connected across social media tools (ie a Hashtagged post in Twitter will not appear in facebook even if you use the same hashtag)
Some ideas for using hashtags:
- Use a district wide hashtag in order to share the great things happening across the district
- USe single hashtag to use when you share what is happening in your learning spaces unique to your building so a person could quickly see and read about all the amazing things happening in a school
- Use a unique hashtag for a conference or shared PD opportunity, so people can follow along and see all the interesting learning that is taking place
When you hashtag these events using a single hashtag you can easily go back and see all of the posts which have these hashtags. Meaning you and anyone else who has posted using the same hashtag can see all of the posts in one place, which is a great method for referring back to an event.
If your school does not have a hashtag, develop one today and begin sharing using that hashtag.
(Protip: search for your purposed hashtag before you commit to it in order to make sure that it is not already being used beforehand)
Stay tuned and stay connected.