For most of us old timers, a hashtag is a pound sign. Well it used to be until someone started using it on social media. So what it a hashtag anyways? Well it is a # sign before a topic, e.g. #SDA. It is that simple. If you are posting something on a social media outlet and would like to make it into a searchable topic, add a hashtag.
There are some rules that need to be followed when using a hashtag:
1. No spaces
2. Use capitalization to separate word instead of space because it doesn’t affect the search capabilities
3. You can use numbers, but not symbols in your hashtag
A general rule of thumb is to use no more than three in any one posting. SDA has used hashtags when we are using Twitter during EDSymposium. This is an easy way for someone to follow one topic. Try it. Look up one of your favorite topics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+. My favorite is #TGIF. You might be surprised at who you can meet and talk with about topics that you both like. Using the comment box below, let us know what are some of your favorite hashtags?
Sabrina Heard, CDFA, is the Office Manager/Executive Assistant
at Randall-Paulson Architects in Roswell, Georgia
She currently serves as the SDA National President-Elect.