Twitter Hashtag Meaning and how to Search Hashtags

By Sidharth | Web resources

Twitter Hashtag in a sports stadium

Twitter Hashtag — what is it?

Twitter hashtag is a collection of letters with one rule: a pound sign (#) is used before these letters. Simply put, hashtag is just a keyword with a pound sign. One can use any number of keywords, but as a standard practice, do not include any space between these keywords.

For example, as of this writing, #MentionSomeoneWhoIsAwesome hashtag is trending on Twitter. There are 5 words used in this hashtag, and there’s no space between each word. And yes, that’s a very long hashtag.

You don’t have to use longer hashtags if you don’t want to. To express your Twitter updates, short hashtags are always recommended but not compulsory.

Want to know more? Watch this entertaining video explaining the history of hashtags:

Who can use Twitter hashtag?

Hashtags are not just confined to celebrities. Everyone can use hashtags on Twitter and join the conversation — that’s the best part, really! To get started, log in to your Twitter account, update your Twitter status with anything you want.

Example: I don’t feel good today #headache.

How do I know if a hashtag exists on Twitter?

Go to Twitter Search and type the hashtag in the search box. If you are using a common hashtag, there’s a good chance that you will find updates from other people. For example, #apple is a commonly used hashtag on Twitter.

Apple hashtag in Twitter Search

Hashtags can be powerful. Recently, to fight about Internet censorship, Anonymous created #Opindia hashtag resulting in thousands of tweets and dozens of meetups.

How can I benefit from Twitter hashtags?

By creating a new hashtag and involving in a popular hashtag conversation, you can drive customers to your business. If you are really serious about your business, intersperse interesting tweets, probably some fun facts about bicycles (if your business is about selling bicycles) and share interesting articles related to your niche. Remember not to spam your followers.

If you are a student, here’s a Google document with a huge list of educational hashtags. Use these hashtags to discover new resources. Even journalists can use hashtags to find interest links on the web through Twitter.

Marketers can increase their brand value by involving in a hashtag conversation. There’s no particular rule on how to or what to tweet. Simply tweet what you feel might interest your followers.

Search Hashtags on Twitter

Searching a hashtag on Twitter Search can help you find interesting tweets, facts, webpages, and much more.

Useful desktop tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite (which are completely free to download) can be used to monitor hashtags and your Twitter followers. A better way to keep track of trends on Twitter is to use What’s the trend website. Check out Statweestics to find popular hashtags by time.

Tweetabs and Monitter are two worthy web-based tools to search hashtags of your interests right from your browser. is yet another website to find upcoming trends related to your niche. If you are following someone, probably an industry leader, you can use My Tweet Cloud to know the hashtags they frequently use. HashTweets can also help you find influential people on Twitter based on the number of times they have used a hashtag.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!