Last week I started a mini-series that focuses on trying to get in the swing of using Twitter. (You can find me here.) It's not all tweets though, so if you're not into it, there will still be some thoughts and ideas in here for you!
Yesterday was Friday, which means, if you visit Twitter, you'll likely see a lot of this:
My first week of joining I was so confused! What in the world was this referring to, and why were so many people's names included with this mysterious term? I soon found out that this meant "follow Friday", in which users suggest other users to follow. What a nice idea now that I understood!
There are still plenty of terms and ways of doing things that I don't get, but let's talk about that #tag today. Twitter tags are preceded by this: #. Easy enough. But what about the tags themselves?
My mom loves labeling things. She enjoys putting sticker tags on things that I really don't think need to be labeled. I, on the other hand, resist marking things that probably should be tagged. It's true for tangible items around me, my blog posts, and now Twitter.
To the best of my understanding, tagging on Twitter is like what my mom does. It's putting a label on a container so you can find the contents easier. Even if the container is clear and you can easily see what's inside!
For example, I could tweet this:
Watching videos to perfect my bullion stitch!
And add this tag at the end:
That makes sense, because the tag describes what the tweet is about, right? But I could tweet the exact same thing and add this tag at the end:
Is that tag necessary and helpful? Um...probably not. I feel like those tags are just there for the fun of tagging.
Like with sticker labels, I'm bad at using tags in either way! Only recently have I made an effort to label my blog posts so they can be found easier. This kind of organization (for fun or practical purposes!) does not come naturally for me!
How about you? Do you label or tag things? Do you have any tips for me to get better at this? Is there something that I'm missing when it comes to tagging?
I do have some ideas for tags that would potentially have a group of us stitchers sharing some specific kinds of things and tags would make it a lot easier. Watch for more about that next time around!