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twitter hashtagsWhile Twitter has evolved in many ways ever since its launch back in 2006, it still remains as one of the most potent social media forces on the Internet. Millions of users worldwide use Twitter to connect and form relationships, whether those relationships are personal, business, or otherwise.

If you use Twitter–or plan to begin using it–then you must know that hashtags are a big part of the experience. Hashtags allow you to “tag” your tweets so that they can be categorized for ease of search and collectivity.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about useful Twitter hashtags for writers. I’m back with another installment related to Twitter hashtags–this time detailing a few hashtags that you might find useful no matter who you are.

#DidYouKnow

If you’re a trivia and fact junkie like me, then you’ll love what this hashtag has to offer. People all over the world will share their facts with you by using this hashtag, and if you’re in the mood to learn a bunch of interesting facts, you can search Twitter for other tweets that have been tagged with #DidYouKnow.

Did you know that pretzels were invented by Monks? Did you know that you burn more calories while you sleep than when you watch TV? Did you know that when you crack your knuckles, the popping is actually the sound of nitrogen gas release? These are some of the things I just learned from this hashtag!

#HowTo

twitter hashtagsLike #DidYouKnow, the #HowTo hashtag is great for learning. Instead of learning one-off trivial facts, however, the #HowTo tag is useful for learning more in-depth activities and pursuits.

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For example, you can learn how to bake a pie. How to improvise toothpaste. How to perform a proper bicep curl. How to speed up the ripening of your fruits. It all depends on what people are currently linking to, but you can learn a bunch of new things with #HowTo.

#TED

list of twitter hashtagsWe recently shared a few articles related to TED Talks. Here’s one that compiles a few videos on human psychology and behavior. Here’s one on human creativity and passion. I don’t know about you, but I find TED Talks to be fascinating.

Fortunately, the #TED hashtag is useful when you want to discover some TED Talks that other people feel are worth sharing. It’s that simple.

#History

list of twitter hashtagsAre you a history buff? Or even if you’re not, perhaps you love learning random little facts pertaining to history. If so, then the #History hashtag will be useful to you.

Sometimes, a famous person will have done something interesting a few hundred years back on today’s date–and a knowledgeable person will share that fact on Twitter using this hashtag. Other people are content with simply sharing random facts about history in general. European history, Asian history, Ancient history. It’s all fair game here.

#HomeMaking

twitter hashtagsThe #HomeMaking hashtag is useful for learning different ways to improve the feel and aesthetics of your home. Whether you’ve just moved into a new (yet empty) apartment, or you’ve been living in the same dump for five years, you’re bound to find something of use here.

While I write this article, just a quick browse shows me how I can make homemade insect bait and bug killers. There’s also a linked article on how to hang dry your laundry and why you should do so. Very helpful, if you ask me.

Conclusion

Did you find these hashtags useful? I hope you found them as useful as I did. But if you have any other hashtags that you think are useful and belong on this list, please feel to share them with us. As you might be able to tell from this article, I’m always up for learning more.

  1. queenoflight88
    May 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Twitter Hastags are quite useful especially if you want to tag your own unique word to promote your own bussiness or small ompany.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Very true. I'm reminded of the recent Twitter trend with Community fans tagging everything with #SixSeasonsAndAMovie in order to spread awareness about the show. Lo and behold, Community was renewed for another season.

      It works! Hashtags are important!

    • queenoflight88
      September 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Hastags are always useful.

  2. Nikita Beriozkin
    May 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Hashtags are something I just learned about. Thanks for clearing things up for me :)

    • Joel Lee
      May 15, 2012 at 1:21 am

      You're welcome!

      • Greg Clow
        October 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        Joel - I am a bit perplexed about how to use hashtags to promote my latest iPhone apps project Top-Ten-Apps.com. If I just use #iphone or #apps does that mean 100,000 twitter users searching for those tags will see my text? Any advice? I loved what you had to say about useful twitter hashtags. Greg

        • Joel Lee
          October 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          You can think of hashtags as similar to keywords. If someone searches for #apps and your tweet is tagged with #apps, then they'll see it.

          However, they might not actually see it if there are tons of tweets using the #apps tag as well. So the difficulty in optimizing hashtag usage is to find hashtags relevant to your tweet while narrowing its focus as much as you can.

          Finding those hashtags is up to you. ;) Hope that helps!

  3. Denise Gabbard
    May 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Love Twitter, and always finding new ways to access information. For such short little blurbs, there is so much to learn there.
    Now what if you get one of those Tweets that says, "You should see what someone is saying about you?" First, delete it-- SPAM! Second, set up Google Alerts so you will know there is nothing bad being spread. Third, if you find something negative, ask the reputation pros to help.

    • Joel Lee
      May 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Yeah. Unfortunately like most new media, Twitter does have its fair share of spammers. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. shivshakti singh
    May 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    NICE

  5. Bumferry
    May 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Scrap that last comment I made - Just realised that if I click the magnifying glass on the search box it shows a list of searches.... *facepalm etc* sorry everyone.

    • Joel Lee
      May 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for the comment nonetheless. I'm glad it was helpful for you. :)

  6. Bumferry
    May 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for this.

    I am a complete novice/thicko at Twitter and this is exactly what I need! I've searched for #Howto, as this is something that will be useful to me always and forever but i noticed there is an option to save the searches. What is the point of this becasue i can't see any way of loading a saved search?........(told you im a thicko!)

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