As a pre-course activity for my PBS TeacherLine class, “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits” I constructed a hashtag survey. The intent of the survey was for the class to create, vote, and decide on a common hashtag for us to use during our class.
Here are a few fun hashtag facts that I learned in the process:
Engagement Benefits from Hashtags…Sometimes: Posts with 1-2 hashtags have 21% more interest and by extension, more engagement than those without hashtags (Andersen, 2018; Lee, 2018).
The carbon dating for the first hashtag is circa 2007:
Hashtag Tips from Social Media experts:
- Learn from the best- look at the posts of folks you admire or influencers and scroll to see the hashtags they use
- Consider related hashtags
- Identify hashtags that resonate with you
- Proofread your hashtag to make sure it is not being used in a different (or gasp-worthy) context
- Only use 1-2 hashtags for maximum engagement from your readers (Anderson, 2018)
Best quote related to hashtagging and social media: The currency of social media is the share. ~Courtney Seiter
There’s even a podcast dedicated to the humble hashtag called– The Science of Social Media
Because their purpose is to expand the conversation, Hashtags hug constructivist learning theory.
Keep practicing your hashtag I.Q. and you will be ready for the next World Social Media day on June 30, 2019
The hashtag for this day is, natch, #SMDay
Andersen, I. (February 15, 2018). Everything you’ve always wanted to know about hashtags. Social Media Today. Retrieved from: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hashtags/517028/
Lee, K. (April 17, 2018). How to Use Hashtags How Many, Best Ones, and Where to Use Them. Buffer Blog. Retrieved from: https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many