Hashtags on Twitter—how to create your own

Posted By on April 9, 2013

Twitter hashtags (#) are used to categorize tweets according to subject matter. If you attach relevant hashtags to them, your tweets are more readily found by others interested in your subject matter. This gives you a better chance to increase your followers and it makes it easier to interact with other “tweeps.”

I’ve compiled a list of hashtags that pertain to writers, authors, and self-publishers here. But what if you want to create your own? There are no specific rules in place for doing so, so here are some tips.

Make it short. Since each Tweet is limited to 140 characters, your hashtag should take up as little of that as possible. Try to keep your hashtag to 10 characters or less.

Make it as specific as possible. For instance, there are several genre-specific hashtags such as #SuspenseFiction and #SciFiChat. These make the conversation surrounding the hashtag more useful to people.

Make it easy to remember. #FollowFriday (or #FF) and #WriterWednesday (or #WW) are two examples of alliterative, easy-to-remember hashtags.

Make sure it isn’t already in use for another topic. There are third-party tools you can use to search this, such as HashTags.org.


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4 Responses to “Hashtags on Twitter—how to create your own”

  1. I like hastags, but I hate it when a television show has the hashtag down in the lower corner that they think I should be using to discuss their show.

  2. Some useful tips. I often forget to use hashtags on Twitter, despite my good intentions.

  3. I like using hash tags on twitter especially for blog hops. It keeps everything together to go through easily.

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  4. Hashtags are an amazing – and often overlooked – tool to attract new readers and other writers. I haven’t time to check out all of your posts, but maybe you could cover lists on Twitter as well – I’m amazed at how many people don’t know anything about them.

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