The NPR social media desk shared a solid roundup of best practices for using hashtags in your reporting on social media. A few key takeaways:
- Hashtags were invented to provide a way to organize tweets, follow conversations, and provide for easy searching.
- Really think about whether hashtags help or just annoy people. Vague hashtags like #weather draw your posts into a random assortment of weather posts. Maybe good for weatherbots, but not for real, live people.
- #hashtag #all #the #things. Not helpful guys:
For more on Twitter best practices specifically, check out the NPR social media desk’s Twitter basics for journalists.