MANILA, 22 August 2019 – When something happens in the world, it happens on Twitter. On Twitter, people can connect with anyone around the globe and have their voice heard by millions. On 23 August 2007, Twitter user Chris Messina Tweeted a suggestion to use the # symbol to group conversations on the platform. This marks the birth of the hashtag otherwise known as #HashtagDay.
As we celebrate its 12th birthday, Twitter released a special blue heart emoji alongside #HashtagDay. Just type in the official hashtag for the emoji to appear.
how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?
— Chris Messina ? #jointfutures (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007
Since then, communities have used hashtags to share their voice and join global conversations: from movements like #ResistTogether and #SOGIEEqualityNow to events like #MMAs2019 and #UAAPSeason81Volleyball.
— Anthony (@aughnthony) June 29, 2019
YASSSSS BDL IS YOUR #UAAPSeason81Volleyball FINALS MVP!!!
DESERVE!!!! Yung numbers oo minsan wala minsan anjan, pero yung puso and leadership ni BDL ang pinaka consistent all throughout the season.
— Volleycenter ?? (@VolleyCenterPH) May 18, 2019
Hashtags have helped to galvanize some of the most important conversations in recent history. By using hashtags, people around the world have made Twitter their microphone, shaped culture, and changed the world.
Popular hashtags on Twitter in the Philippines
Once you’ve started using Twitter, it won’t take long before you come across what’s known as a hashtag. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Here are the popular hashtags used on Twitter in the Philippines.
Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) proved that she can shine on her own, having numerous endorsements and projects that AlDub fans still dedicatedly support. She is currently starring in the sitcom, #DaddysGurl and will be alongside Carlo Aquino for the movie, #IsaPaWithFeelings.
I was known for making courageous shortfilms that speak truth and reality; so believe me what i say. #MaineMendoza is the Artista na hindi pa artista. Maganda at Matalino pero nakapaHumble. Nakatulog na ko pero di pa rin humuhupa ang saya at pasasalamat. Good Morning Peeps!
— Darryl Yap (@DirekDarrylYap) August 17, 2019
Filipinos proudly show their love for Original Pilipino Music or OPM. They use #DyisIsItManila to request for their favorite songs and to know which local hits made it to MOR 101.9’s (@mor1019) countdown.
Di ako nasaktan at all na naging solid na sila sa kabila. Unmasking themselves is the best thing they’ve done to themselves. It’s just to show, the truth will always prevails. @mor1019 #DyisIsItManila Hahayaan Na Lang by Vivoree feat CK #VivoreeEsclito@vivoree
— Jia _SV (@jiasalm1) August 17, 2019
Proving to be one of the most popular loveteams in the Philippine entertainment scene today, Maymay Entrata (@mamayentrata07) and Edward Barber (@Barber_Edward_) continue to make their fans blush with kilig in everything they do.
Ang buhay showbiz ay di isang karera na paunahan makarating sa finish line. It’s a marathon: a test of determination, perseverance, hardwork, courage, faith & passion. The ones who last are the ones who succeed. ?
— ALEX (@MW4LYF) August 19, 2019
Hey, Man sobrang nakaka-proud talaga ang #HelloLoveGoodbye stint mo. At ang gwapo mo tlg dun. Good job!
Cheers to MORE QUALITY projects!
— ?Raine777??HLG (@RaineRichards02) August 19, 2019
Maymay Entrata (@mamayentrata07) got the makings of a superstar: she can sing, act, and is a natural charmer on cam. She made the rounds this year for her modeling stints and for showing her acting chops in Maalaala Mo Kaya and Hiwaga ng Kambat.
Many teens today look up to Kisses Delavin (@KissesDelavin) not just for her beauty, but also for her brains and admirable personality. Kisses juggle her time between her work and studies, inspiring many young girls to reach for their dreams.
— Sittie (@iamsittiefatma) July 27, 2019
All eyes are definitely on Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath). She owned the first half of the year as the top female Filipino celebrity on Twitter and also the Favorite Pinoy Trending Award at this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Voting is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who spent their time voting for @bernardokath. ?? Job well done. Let’s just pray & surrender the results to the Lord. ??
— KATHNIEL SPIKERS (@KATHNIELSpikers) March 22, 2019
The movie that swept the nation, #HelloLoveGoodbye made everyone laugh, weep, and fall in love with Ethan and Joy’s love story. It achieved both box-office and critical acclaim, making it a historical milestone for Filipino rom-com films.
Is #HelloLoveGoodbye worth the price of admission ticket? Yes! Kathryn Bernardo & Alden Richards, both very talented, absolutely shine in a perfectly imperfect, bittersweet film with great OPM soundtrack. Oh, and the rooftop scene made me smile, a reminder of the good ol’ days. pic.twitter.com/8Sl9P4Vpnp
— Pinoytapsilog (@pinoytapsilog) August 18, 2019
UAAP is definitely one of the most awaited collegiate events in the country. This year, the hype on volleyball got more intense as Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles and UST Lady Tigresses vied for the championship crown.
— Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) May 18, 2019
Halloween came early on Twitter Philippines this year as Tweeps used this hashtag-turned-writing-prompt mixing the urban setting of Manila with the lore of Filipino mythology, urban legends, and superstitions.
One day, you managed to be the target of rage of the evil engkantos. They danced around your half-dead body, singing a familiar tune.
“Langit, lupa, impyerno…”
It’s too late when you realize they weren’t playing – but picking where to send you off to. #ManilaEncounters
— pikajoo (@jewelenrile_) February 26, 2019
Using hashtags on Twitter
Once you’ve started using Twitter, it won’t take long before you come across what’s known as a hashtag. This feature is a simple way for people to search for Tweets that have a common topic. For example, Filipinos especially fans of Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath) and Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02), two of the top Filipino celebrities on Twitter, used #HelloLoveGoodbye to express their reaction and support for the box-office flick. This also sparked interest among others, so they searched using the same hashtag to get a list of Tweets related to the movie.
Using hashtags can also make Twitter work for you, especially if you want to know the latest in the local entertainment scene. There is something for everyone to explore and discover, whether you are interested in culture (#ArtPH), OPM (#DyisIsItManila), sports (#uaapseason81volleyball), or creative storytelling (#twitterserye and #manilaencounters).
— amanda ? (@amandalim_art) August 14, 2019
— Just You ?
— ??? (@merimikn) February 20, 2019
To use the hashtag, just use the # symbol before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in your Tweet. In addition, here are some practical do’s and don’ts to make a great hashtag:
- Make it short, distinct, and easy to remember. Avoid typos to make your Tweet discoverable.
- Think of witty or relatable hashtags to give people a reason to use and respond to it.
- Consistently use your hashtag as you Tweet for recall and to increase its visibility and exposure.
- Ask your friends and followers to use your hashtag.
- Over-hashtag. One to two relevant hashtags per Tweet is the sweet spot. Remember: character count matters.
- Use all CAPS. Unless it’s an acronym, this feels like shouting and also affects readability.
Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end. Words of wisdom: remember to only use hashtags in Tweets relevant to the topic and don’t #spam #with #hashtags or overuse the # in a single Tweet.