For those of you who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram, to promote your writing, you are probably already familiar with hashtags (#). Hashtags are used to tag words or unspaced phrases in order to connect it to similar information online. The idea is that other users can find your tweet (or post) when searching that word or phrase. The problem is, when too many people are using the same hashtags–the ones that are popular–yours might be buried. Another problem is hashtag overuse. Too many hashtags can ruin the aesthetics of a tweet and can overwhelm the eyes. Hashtag overuse can drive away potential followers while driving your current followers nuts. Don’t believe me? Just check out the video below.
So, should you use hashtags or not? Yes, but sparingly. General rule of thumb: include no more than three hashtags per tweet. (I favor one or two). Fewer hashtags are more aesthetically pleasing and more readable. Too many hashtags can be a turn-off to potential followers. Another suggestion, put some thought into your hashtags. Just don’t tag words willy nilly. Tag the most important words in the tweet, that way you are highlighting what is actually important and attracting the appropriate audience. Your followers will appreciate it.
I hope this was helpful to you. As always, comments are welcome. #Thankyou4stoppingby! Just kidding, but really, thank you for stopping by:)