How to #hashtag

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.