How to use hashtags in the Twitter app and on Twitter.com

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You've probably seen #hashtag everywhere. Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and many other social media apps encourage the use of hashtags to make instant connections with other users.

When another searches for a hashtag, they will see some or all of the shared content that contains that hashtag. This article will teach you how to use hashtags in twitter app and on Twitter.com.

How to use hashtags in the Twitter app and on Twitter.com

Understand the role of hashtags on Twitter. The Twitter universe is vast and can be a little confusing to navigate. Hashtags are one of the most important and efficient ways to index keywords and topics on Twitter. Anyone can create a hashtag at any time, simply typing a word (or a series of related words) using the #topic form in a tweet.



  • For example, if you were tweeting about reading this article, you could say "Read the #Apps article on using #hashtags with #Twitter." So anyone searching for #Apps, #hashtags or #Twitter will see your tweet.
  • After a hashtag is created, other Twitter users can use that hashtag in their tweets to add to the larger conversation around that topic. The hashtags they can be general (#Applications) or specific (#USPresidentialElection2020) as desired. They're a completely organic form of organization, created and maintained by Twitter users, not Twitter itself.
  • Click one hashtag in un tweet to see all tweets using that hashtag. A quick scroll through the Twitter field should bring up a variety of hashtags used by the different people you follow. When you click or tap on a hashtag, you'll be taken to a search results page that shows other tweets that contain that hashtag.
  • The list of hashtags automatically show i top tweets that contain that hashtag. To view hashtag search results in order with newest at the top, click or tap the Latest tab above the results.
  • You can also access a search results page by entering #searchterm in the search field above the tweet list.

Use Twitter's advanced search with hashtags

When you search for a hashtag, you'll see a list of tweets using that hashtag in the search results. But what if you wanted to narrow that search to include only those tweets that meet certain other criteria, like containing (or omitting) certain words? It's here that Twitter advanced search comes into play. To use the form:


  • Close a hashtag on your Twitter.
  • On the results page, tap or click the three dots at the top of the page and select Advanced Search.
  • Type the hashtag in the "These hashtags" field.
  • If you wish view instances of this hashtag that contain or omit certain words or phrases, use the blanks in the «Words» section. For example, if you don't want to see the word App in your hashtag search, you should enter it in the "None of these words" field.
  • Use the blanks in the section "Account" to filter results by who tweeted, who was tweeted to, or who was mentioned in the tweets.
  • In the "Filters" section, choose which types of tweets you want to see; For example, if you only want to see original tweets and not replies, slide the "Replies" switch to the off position.
  • In the «Involvements» you can choose to view tweets with a certain level of engagement, such as only tweets with a minimum of 280 retweets.
  • Use the drop-down menus in the "Date" section to view only tweets that contain the hashtag from a specific time period.

Check out the list of current trending hashtags

  • When the use of a hashtag becomes very popular, it usually becomes a trending topic. Using trending hashtags in your tweets can help draw attention to your account and brand.
  • Twitter maintains an up-to-the-minute list of trending topics you can find on your Explore page. While not all trending topics will be in hashtag format, you can click on the topic to find relevant hashtags. To find trending hashtags:
  • Using Twitter.com on a computer: Click the Explore tab in the left menu, then click the Trending tab at the top.
  • Using a phone or tablet: nell’app Twitter, tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom, then tap the Trending tab at the top.
  • Search a topic to find related hashtags. If you want to see what hashtags people are using to talk about topics like sports games, current events, and celebrities.
  • Use the search bar to search for the topic. Depending on the topic, you may see one or more relevant hashtags existing in tweets about that topic that you can include in your topic tweets.

Use of hashtags in your tweets

Create a new tweet. Using hashtags on Twitter is a growing trend that can be a lot of fun, since anyone can, and will, use the hashtag to say whatever they want. When you include an existing hashtag in your tweet, you'll join the conversation. Whether you is tweeting With the Twitter app on your phone or tablet, or using Twitter.com on a computer, you can add one or more hashtags to contribute your thoughts to any conversation.


  • Find a hashtag to use. Want to join an existing conversation or create your own new hashtag? Since hashtags are used to index topics, you'll usually want to add a existing hashtag. However, creating a new hashtag can start a trend. Some hashtags are obviously meant to be silly, while others are more serious. Be sure to note these differences if you don't want to incur the wrath of other Twitter users.
  • If you want people to find your tweet when they're looking for similar ideas or topics, use a trending hashtag or any popular hashtag that already exists. Make sure your spelling is correct and that there are no spaces between words in the hashtag. Capital letters they don't matter, so «#Applications», «#Applications» produce the same result.
  • If you want to create your own hashtag, think of something catchy that describes your topic and that you can inspire others to use as well. When creating your hashtag, you may want to include a similar existing hashtag so that other people can find your tweet and see your new hashtag.
  • Write your tweet and include the hashtag. A hashtag always starts with a pound sign (#) and contains a string of letters and/or numbers with no spaces or special characters. You'll notice that people often add hashtags to the bottom of their tweets, but there are no specific location requirements.
  • Twitter recommends using no more than two hashtags in a single tweet. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it is good etiquette.
  • Like all other well-meaning methods of connecting people online, hashtags can be loaded with spam messages. People often browse lists of trending hashtags and use them on irrelevant tweets just to draw attention to their accounts. This is considered a bad label and may even flag your tweets. Only use hashtags that are relevant to the topic you are tweeting about.
  • Click Tweet. When you click Tweet, your new tweet will appear list of the tweets and the hashtag you entered will become a clickable link. If you've created a new hashtag, your tweet should be the only one on the page. Otherwise, your tweet will be added to the conversation using that hashtag.

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