A lot of words have been added to the dictionary over the past few decades thanks to social media, but few have become so widely used and accepted as "hashtag."
For a long time, the hashtag symbol (#) was known simply as the "pound" symbol. Now, I could swear that the only time I hear it referred to as a pound symbol is when I enter my PIN number to pay my cell phone bill. While hashtags were originally made famous by Twitter, they're now used on many major social networks, including Facebook and Instagram.
Let's explore what a hashtag is, why they're so great, and how they work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram....
Social media is everywhere. Even as adults, we are always glued to our phones and goings on featured there. Students today live and breathe with social media, so why not use it to engage them in the classroom? And we know a more engaged student will retain far more information than a bored one. So where do we start?
Twitter is pretty awesome and everyone needs it in their lives. But like with any technology, there are safety concerns, privacy concerns, kids' security concerns, and so on. Twitter has launched a new initiative to address all these matters.
“ So Many Hashtag Ideas and so Little Time! The “hashtag” ( “#”) has become the go-to hot key for trending topics and Twitter discussions. They’re prevalent on Twitter (where they got their start), but they have also seeped into Instagram,”
Via Elizabeth E Charles
Elizabeth Hutchinson's insight:
Use #hashtags for finding academic articles. Very nifty!
Interesting read. It is very easy to miss a moment because you are trying not to miss it! Social Media is part of our society but it is only part of it and there is so much more to life. Use it wisely!
“ Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers get started.”
Via Paul West, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Dennis Swender
Elizabeth Hutchinson's insight:
A useful guides for teachers on using social media, especially if you are not sure where to start.
Since Google introduced "Search Plus Your World," most Google Search users have seen results that add more emphasis to sites shared on Google+.
One search engine marketing firm, TastyPlacement - http://bit.ly/KBn2qJ, took it upon themselves to conduct an unscientific-ish study to determine just how much of an effect Google+ promotion has on search ranking.
It turns out having Google+ followers boosts the ranking the most, while a "+1" still does way more for your search ranking than Facebook or Twitter.
Twitter actually ranks the lowest — which, given the bickering between Google and Twitter, isn't all that surprising either.
Whether you are a technologist working on the next great learning app or a teacher trying to figure out how to engage your students, Pokémon Go offers a powerful model that has quickly changed the way users behave and engage with digital content.
“Whether you're managing a team Instagram account or wanting to save your favorite photos automatically, there are lots of Instagram tricks waiting for you. You may or may not have a huge following on Instagram, but these tricks will make your Instagram use just a little bit better. You'll love this list. Hashtag Like a Pro Most…”
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra is not a sufficient excuse for ignoring your responsibility here. We’re in this together.
Students must be taught early and often how to create, locate, maintain and share content. And they need to understand the ramifications of everything they do on social media.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I blog and I understand. - Confucius (almost)
Sometime in the next 24 hours, this blog will quietly cross the threshold of 5 million views. This will not be an earth shattering event, nor will lives be changed, or kingdoms overthrown. But reaching 5 million views will be a personal - and a significant - milestone for me.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.