How to Track Hashtags

You hear a lot about hashtags on Twitter. You know they're important. But how do you actually track them?

At the top of every Twitter page is a search box. Just type a hashtag into there. #lowcarb or #nyc or #halloween or whatever it is you're interested in. Twitter will show you all the tweets being made with that hashtag.

I use TweetDeck which is a wonderful free program. I can set up columns which show me the hashtags I'm interested in. They actively update whenever there are new posts. So I can just alt-tab over to TweetDeck, see what's going on with the hashtags I care about, and then go back to whatever else I'm doing.

So, really, a hashtag is simply a search term. It just happens to be a search term which is neatly organized with a # sign so that it's easy to find.

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