Don't Be Such a Twit

I'm really going to sound like a mom today, but who cares. I have a Twitter account, but don't really use it much. I decided to play around with it yesterday and I'm already confused. What the hell is the pound sign all about? What does it mean? Will someone help me out here?

Hey! No smartasses! You know who you are. : )


Heather Cherry said...

I didn't get it either when I first started twittering and I'm not sure I actually do now. But I think they're called hashtags and it's a way to almost hyperlink a topic or meme. I think. :o)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what they're called although I think HC could be right: hashtags.

It's a marker to make a topic standout.

For exemplary (heh heh):

#iranelection will make your tweet appear with all the other iranelection remarks. You know the sidebar that shows trending topics? When you use the # it contributes to that.

Clear as mud?

Again, I'm figuring it out myself. But I do enjoy tweeting. Just not the logistics of it all!

ReformingGeek said...

Quirky got me on Twitter but I'm not much of a tweeter. I'm more into Facebook. Many of the folks I used to work with are there and it's a great way to keep up with everyone.

Good Luck!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Yes, they are hashtags and they are a very loose way for related tweets to come together when you do a search for them. They are arbitrary, however. It's not like someone has dictated what hashtags you can use. You just make one up. You can, however, search on a hashtag to see if the one you want to use makes sense, or you can start one yourself simply by using it. Over time it will start to make some more sense. Maybe. :)