Hashtags are a mystery to me.
As twitter defines a hashtag:
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages
Twitter gives the use for a hashtag as well:
People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search
The reason for the mystery is not the meaning of what a hashtag is or even what it is about, but how people use hashtags. I have decided today to run some sort of thrown together experiment of finding out exactly how powerful, meaningful, and necessary a hashtag really is.
Now I know at conferences a lot of people find them very valuable, I know I do. But outside of a conference how often do you find yourself looking at hashtags? I see a lot of people use a ton of hashtags to try and make a joke, make a point, or just tag their material but I wonder what the return on this tagging does for the tweet.
So it is your turn to let us all know. Answer these questions below to join in on this little experiment/survey:
You follow hashtags?
You use hashtags in the way described above (make a joke, make a point, or just tag their material) if yes, have you seen any benefit in using a hashtag in this manner?
The point of a hashtag to you is?