Mashable‘s articles on hashtags is definitely a must read for anyone who is trying to study (or is simply interested in) social networking.
When studying the whole social networking phenomenon (especially for business purposes) , I found especially useful the Beginner’s Guide to the Hashtag and 5 Ways Your Business Should Use Hashtags articles.
For those of you who are too busy to read the entire articles, I am going to make a summary, but I strongly recommend you read them.
Characters you can include in hashtags: basically any alphanumeric characters, but don’t you ever make the mistake to include spaces.
# vs @ while # turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link, @ will Tweet at a person directly.
Platforms: twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pintrest, Instagram.
Essential steps for your small business:
Sharing content on social networks is one of the best way to improve your business’ awareness. Did you ever wonder if you should share your latest article just after writing it, or wait until later?
Well, this infographic will give you an answer, and will hopefully guide you to more likes, shares, tweets, pins and favorites. Read more