I used to be asked simple questions like what is the fax number for the Canadian Consulate in Zimbabwe. This is a question that any librarian would be able to find in 1 minute. Go to the topical table of contents for the Canadian Almanac and Directory – Find that Canadian Diplomatic and Consular Representatives Abroad starts on p. 882, flip to page 888 – Fax number is 263-425-2186. It almost takes as long to write the question as it does to find the answer.
These days I am asked for difficult things like what hashtag should I use for this tweet.
I do not know of a concept based hashtag dictionary. An authoritative source that has the best tag to use to express a concept isn’t jumping out from my browser searches. Hashtags are a critical element for sharing the message with the right potential audience that your twitter post is aimed at.
There are some methods for discerning tags:
- phrase searches at Search.twitter.com will show what others use for tags
- following the tag trails that show up with a keyword search of Social Mention or Blekko
- a variety of searches of Hashtags.org to see which tags trend the highest
- searching Twemes.com and copying tags used there
- follow the advice at Search Engine Journal even though some of it is out dated (written in 2009)
None of these will immediately identify if you should use [or search] #YEGRE #REYEG #RealEstateEdmonton or some other hashtag choice if you are looking for tweets about Edmonton area real estate. My real estate agent contacts use #YEGRE in case you are wondering.
How do you decide what hashtag to use or search?