Do you have a Twitter hashtag for your event? If so, enter our Hashup contest and win a Flip Camera! It’s the ultimate popularity contest to see who’s event is generating the most buzz. Enter your event’s Twitter hashtag and we’ll monitor who has the most talked about event over the next week. So set up your hash tag and get your community to tweet you to victory.
Don’t know what a Twitter hashtag is? It’s a great way to unify all the Twitter buzz around your event so that when people search for it, they can see what everyone is saying! See our Twitter tutorial for more info.
Twitter messages don’t have a field where you can categorize them. So people have created the hashtag—which is just the # symbol followed by a term describing or naming the topic—that you add to a post as a way of saying, “This message is about the same thing as other messages from other people who include the same hashtag.” Then, when somebody searches for that hashtag, they’ll get all of the related messages.
For instance, let’s say you post, “Voted sixty times in tonight’s showdown. #AmericanIdol.” Your message would then be part of Twitter search results for “#AmericanIdol,” and if enough people use the same hashtag at once, the term will appear in Twitter’s Trending Topics.
Companies often use hashtags as part of a product launch (like #FordFiesta), and conferences and events frequently have hashtags associated with them (like #TED).
Read more about using Twitter for business.