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ENG 102: English Comp (Gamache): Twitter

How to look up hashtags in Twitter

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Then follow the next four steps to look up hashtags on Twitter. YOU DO NOT NEED A TWITTER ACCOUNT TO DO THIS! So don't worry if you don't have one. If you find yourself having any questions, email Joanna at

What's a hashtag?

According to Twitter: 

"People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search" 

@ vs #

What's the different between @ and #

@middlesex_cc is addressing a user. Think of of it as AT SOMEONE. In the case of @middlesex_cc, it's addressing the community college

#Blacklivesmatter is related to a movement, issue, or trend. It's a way to search, like Google. So #Blacklivesmatter is searching for tweets related to the movement or a class. 

Step One

On the Twitter search page, you could type in your hashtags. You could type in a few hashtags or just one. Or you could choose advanced search and you'll have more search options. 

Step Two

Type in the hashtag you're looking up, for this example we're going to use #blacklivesmatter


Step Three

Look through the results. Remember since this page is in real time, it might be difficult to find the same tweet. If you find a tweet you that's really helpful write down the person, time, and date. 

Step Four

Not finding exactly what you're looking for? Add another hashtag. The example below is #blacklivesmatter #brownlivesmatter . You don't need to include AND when you search. 

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