So, I got to thinking about hashtags on twitter and how effective they are. If you don't know what a hashtag is, here's a quick rundown. They're created by using the pound sign + a word or phrase or abbreviation. So if I wanted to created a hashtag about Thursday, I would put at the end of my tweet: #Thursday.
There are several hashtags I use pretty regularly: Writer Wednesday (#WW), Follow Friday (#FF), #amwriting, #amrevising, #WIP, #campnanowrimo, #julnowrimo, etc. I used to do #askagent, where you can get tips from agents on various things and #yalitchat, which is what it sounds like. They're pretty handy, I guess, if you're searching for something specific. And if you can get others to use your hashtag enough to make it relevant/searchable, it's a good way to connect with others. And if your tag is really popular, you might even become a trending topic. No hashtags I'm interested in have ever become trending topics. I'm kind of surprised NaNoWriMo doesn't in November. Or maybe I just don't see it when it does. Apparently, twitter uses some complicated algorithm (or other math thing; I am not sure as my brain shuts down and refuses to take in further information when it sees math things) to decide trending topics. And basically once a thing has been talked about for a long enough period of time according to twitter, it can no longer be a trending topic.
But I digress. How do you use trending topics if you use them? What do you think of them in general? Have they been helpful to you in any way?