There are 175 million registered users on Twitter producing about 95 million tweets every day.

One of the key ways Tweeters keep our communications useful is by using hashtags and very vibrant literary communities have grown up around specific hashtags.

So what are they — and how can you best use them?

Here’s what Twitter has to say about the general use of hashtags (#):

People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search.

Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.

Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics

Don’t #spam #with #hashtags.

Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 3 hashtags per Tweet.)

Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic

The third party site hashtags.org offers an overview of popular hashtags used on Twitter. Find out about trends, look at small, pretty graphs, and search to see if the hashtags of your fantasies exist.

Check out this troubleshooting article for solutions to common problems with hashtags.

Best Hashtags for Writers

General:

#novel #new #paperbacks #short #story #greatread #whattoread #books #nonfiction #storytelling #book #mustread #writers #pubwrite #writetip #fridayreads

Ebooks & Indie

#ebooks #epublishing #epublishers #epub #digitalpublishing #selfpub #readanindiefriday

#indieauthor & #indieauthors (These two hashtags seem to be similar in terms of popularity so keep an eye on both).

#indiepublishing & #indiepub (The shorter one, #indiepub), is considerably more popular.

Formats:

#kindle #sony #nook #ebooks #kobo #ipad #ereaders #ebook #kpd

Genres:

#litfic #histfic #histnove #shortstories #womensfiction #science #futuristic #crime #scifi etc.

Purchase sites:

#smashwords #bookbuzzr #fReadO #amazon #kobo #nook

Quote from your story use:

#Novelines

Marketing:

#bookmarketing #bookbuzz #special #free #freebie

Connect:

#epubchat: Every other Friday, 3pm-5pm PST.

#kindlechat: Fridays 12pm-1pm PST.

And don’t forget: #amwriting for when we’re pretending we’re writing…

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FURTHER READING: On Strategic Tweeting for Authors, by  Alan Rizler and New Yorker article about hashtags by Susan Orlean

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