Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 7 I strive daily to achieve an optimum level of health and happiness. Life is all about the balance
Check Out What Is Trending Today
If you use Twitter for promotion, then one of the first things you should do before you tweet is glance to the right-hand side of your home page. This is where you will see a section titled Trends for you, which is a list of the hashtags that are popular with those currently visiting Twitter. Using these keyword terms in your posts can help to increase your tweet's visibility.
What Is a Hashtag?
A hashtag is simply a term or phrase that is used to direct a person to a topic they are interested in. It is created by using the # number symbol (also known as the # pound sign) and setting it before the keywords you want others to find—ie, #FreakyFriday. You can find this symbol above the number 3 on your keyboard.
Most social network sites use this system to direct users to posts they may be interested in finding. When used correctly, it is a valuable tool for those who use social media for promotion. I didn't learn the value of using the # in its early years, but I certainly acknowledge its significance today. If you want to reach people outside your circle of connections, hashtagging is definitely the thing to do.
Popular Daily Keywords and Phrases
It is interesting to note that there are several types of trending hashtags on Twitter, which means that the list is constantly changing. So, it is important to check its contents each day. Current news and events change daily, so occasionally you may find that one of your posts will feed in ideally with the current conversation. This is when hashtagging can increase your odds of a viral post.
My favorite hashtags to use are those that are like evergreen content. These daily trends carry titles such as #ThrowbackThursday and #FridayFeeling, and they revolve in a continuous circle to reappear on a specific day each week. I'll provide a list of the popular ones that I participate in a little further along, so keep reading.
If you are not sure what type of posts are suitable for a specific tag or if you want to see what the conversation looks like, simply click on one of the phrases in the list and scroll through the posts. It's a great way to get a feel for the topics of interest in that day's discussion. It can also give you some pretty good ideas on how to phrase your post.
Popular on Monday
When you are posting to Twitter or retweeting a great post that you have found, be sure to use appropriate hashtags to ensure that your tweets wind up on a thread that is being viewed by an abundance of visitors. You can post memes, gifs, images, blurbs, or links that fit in with the theme of the tag.
- #MotivationalMonday: If you have encouraging thoughts to share, then they will fit perfectly with this tag. I love posting on this topic thread. I tend to write quite often on a positive note, so this tag is ideal for many of my articles.
- #MondayMorning: Perfect for those who hate Mondays but also for breakfast or news theme posts. I'm sure Garfield would love this one. These posts can often be quite sarcastically humorous, so they're also a good place to perk up a gloomy mood.
- #MondayBlues: Another thread for those who hate Mondays but also for those individuals whose weekend didn't work out quite as planned.
- #MindfulMonday: Encouraging thoughts to start the week. Post anything positive.
There are many other Monday hashtags, but these few are my favorites.
How to Find More Daily Tags
If you want to see what is trending on each weekday, do a search in the box at the upper right-hand side of your Twitter home page. Just as Google search will feed in suggested topics in its search box, so will Twitter feed in suggested tags for you to pick up on. Add the # in front of the day of the week you are looking for trending topics on—ie, #Monday. Give it a try it and see what pops up.
Popular on Tuesday
What truly makes recurring hashtag threads so appealing is the fact that they garner a loyal audience. These readers will return each week to see what is new on their favorite topics so if you are sharing to their tags then you are pretty much guaranteed to have an audience already in place. All you have to do is show up and post something interesting enough to grab their attention.
- #TuesdayMotivation: Much the same as the MotivationalMonday counterpart this tag is for posting cheerful inspiration or motivational blurbs, images, links, and gifs. Anything that you think will be encouraging to others is appropriate to post on this topic.
- #TuesdayThoughts: Go wild and say what is on your mind. Anything goes.
- #TuesdayTreat: This is generally a food theme thread with people posting images of what they are having for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Recipes, restaurant reviews, or anything else treat related is acceptable. If you received a gift or treated yourself to a relaxing spa day that will also fit ideally under this tag too.
- #TuesdayTrivia: Obviously this is just as the name states. It is a place for any trivia or curiosity to be shared. Scientific, nature, food, or fantasy for those with a curious nature this is the ideal thread to visit or post.
How to Find Other Trends
It is important to note that there are many popular #hashtags that trend daily on Twitter #foodiechats #picoftheday #globalwarming and #economy are just a few. If you are looking for a tag for a specific topic, do a search to see what is trending in that keyword.
Popular on Wednesday
- #WednesdayMotivation: By now you may be noticing that this motivational hashtag is a recurring daily trend. It appears each day of the week and is there to help you and others have a super fantastic week. Bring your encouraging thoughts to others or visit the thread to lift your mood.
- #WednesdayWisdom: This is where you get to post your advice to others or share links that you have found helpful. You can also expect to get quite a wealth of advice and opinion from this thread. Most folks have strong feelings on love, politics, and religion and they like to post it here. This is a good tag to share "how to" "Why that happened" links.
- #WellnessWednesday: It's all about health. Share anything health and wellness themed here.
- #WednesdayThoughts: As in all the thought threads that appear each day this is a tag that is pretty much anything goes. You get to say what is on your mind or read what others are feeling or doing as they post.
- #WednesdayWins: This is quite a unique tag in that it posts two distinct themes within it. 1) Contests and 2) Those who have won at something and are share their good news. If something fantastic has happened to you then this is the place to share it. Spotted a great contest online? Well you can share that here as well.
Don't Forget Monthly Hashtags
In addition to regular daily hashtags attracting readers, it is important to note that each month is also tagged. Although posts range over a broader theme, these threads also receive quite a fair share of readers, like #MarchMadness.
Popular on Thursday
I'm not sure if it is just me or if people really are a little grouchier on Thursdays but I find that this is one day of the week when posts seem angry, weary, or just a wee little bit gloomier than usual. Perhaps the work week is wearing on folks. I'm not sure what it is but you'll likely see what I mean when you check out the days hash tagged threads.
- #ThrowbackThursday: This tagged thread is a flash back into the past. Here you can find or post any image, post, link, or gif reminiscent of the past. It's a great place to reflect on past events either personal, political, vintage, or news worthy.
- #ThursdayThoughts or #ThursdayThought: Once again a thread to post your feelings and thoughts on any topic important to you. Anything goes so feel free to go wild here. If you don't know what to share then take a few minutes to read through the thread to see what others are sharing.
- #ThursdayFeeling: I have found this hashtag to be quite a personal one. Posts generally relate to how a person is emotionally dealing with current situations occurring in their life. It is a good place to share a short vent when you are having one of those days or another good thread to offer motivational / inspirational advice on.
- #ThankfulThursday: This is another good news thread as it is generally a posting of people saying thank you to others. There are also posts of reasons why a person or animal is feeling thankful ie: rescue animals enjoying their new lives. Have a thank you to share? This would be the tag to use.
Popular on Friday
Friday on social media is generally quite a celebratory day and it shows on the popular threads for Twitter on this day. The weekend is around the corner and people and enthusiastic to share their plans and ideas for their upcoming days off. There also tends to be an uplifting of spirits in comparison to the reflective Thursday threads.
- #FridayFun, #FunFriday or #FridayFunny: Exactly as it sounds. If you have something fun to share today is the day to do it. Cartoons, jokes, good news, and accomplishments. Friday is a fun day and the posts reflect this upbeat mood. If you want to cheer up or are just in the mood to find a few positive posts then Twitter is the place to be.
- #FashionFriday: Displaying fashions of all types I was truly surprised by the number of humorous posts also showing up in this thread (it has got to be a Friday thing). Got a new outfit or hairstyle? Show it off.
- #FridayFeeling, #FridayFeelings and #FridayFeels: These tags all lead to quite similar content so which one you decide to use is entirely up to you. On these hashtags posts are generally on any topic or opinion that is of personal interest to yourself.
- #FridayForum: News, politics, recognition, and promotion are the themes for this keyword. It is exactly what it hints it is, a Friday forum to discuss or promote important issues.
- #FridayReads: Literary lovers this one is for you. It is all things involving the written word. Writers, book reviews, discussion, cartoons, if you can read it then it belongs in this thread.
- #FlashbackFriday: Post anything retro. It's a quick peek into past events and memories. Generally a little more upbeat than #ThrowbackThursday
Check What Other Users Are Sharing
If you are ever in doubt as to what to post click on the tag and take a peek at what others are sharing. It will give you a good idea of how your posts will be accepted. Keep in mind that the mood can change throughout the day so take another peek back in before you post again.
Popular on Saturday and Sunday
The weekend is a great time to get active on social media. The weekday 9 to 5 crowd have plenty of free time and at least part of it is generally spent online. The Twitter weekend threads reflect this trend with tags reflecting things to read, eat, do, and discuss. The weekend is a social time of relaxation and play that (unlike Thursday) tends to stay in the moment. People are excited to share their weekend adventures and curious to see what others are up to.
- #SaturdayMotivation: This daily motivational shows up often throughout the weekdays to offer encouragement and support for those who need it. You know what to post here so go ahead and offer a positive message to the masses.
- #SaturdayMorningGroove and #SaturdayMorning: Posts that relish in the glory of sleeping in or rave in the pleasure of an early morning adventure show up under this tag. You'll also find a few hangover moanings as wells as musings of the night before and of the upcoming day.
- #SaturdayShowcase: In this thread you will find things to see and do, places to go, and events to attend. Saturday's hashtags focus on fun. It is the weekend and a time to relax and play.
- #SaturdayNight: Much like the showcase thread but generally involving more conversation and discussion. Looking for something to do then this tag may be one you'll want to search under.
- #SundayMotivation: Once again our motivational hashtag shows up to offer encouragement and positive reinforcement for those who may need it. If you have articles or images that suit this theme you can post them under the motivation heading almost any day of the week.
- #SundayMorning: Much like the #Saturdaymorning thread to post of lolling in bed, whatever is for breakfast, and reminiscings and musings on what you did the night before. Sunday mornings are for generally for relaxation but others take advantage of this free time to get in some active play. Off to church or enjoying time with the family what are you doing this AM?
- #SundayBrunch: Generally yummy food articles and restaurant suggestions are posted on this thread although there are also tweets directed at the show which goes by the same name.
- #SundayFunday: The name say it all. The weekend is a time to enjoy your off time and these threads focus on how people are enjoying their Sunday. You can also post suggestions for things to do or humorous antidotes and images.
- #SpotlightSunday: This is a similar tag to the one above but with a bit more of a serious undertone. If there is someone or something you want to put the spotlight on then this is the perfect thread to pop it into. It's Sunday and there are all kinds of wonderful events and ideals to focus on today.
© 2018 Lorelei Cohen
Tell Me Your Thoughts on the Subject
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on July 21, 2019:
Hashtags are used to direct people to a topic they will be interested in. Many loyal twitter folks check their favorite hashtagged threads on a regular basis and will seek out trending hashtags to check out what is being tweeted there. Using 2 to 3 relevant hashtags on your tweets can help increase the odds of your posts being seen. Also use hashtags on Pinterest as well.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 21, 2019:
So explain hashtags to me. I'm just a little slow. Is it so people can find your train of thought that may be relevant to something they are looking for or is it to get more people to your thread? Or is it just about advertising? I just don't understand the relevance.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on October 18, 2018:
Very helpful article Lorelei, I'll be referring back here from time to time.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on June 22, 2018:
I am actually enjoying it more than facebook now. Twitter has really worked hard to monitor the bots and trolls so it is a little friendly place to work now.
RoadMonkey on June 22, 2018:
I need to do more on Twitter and other social media sites. It's finding the time!
Fay Favored from USA on May 10, 2018:
To be honest I do like Twitter better than FB because people interact more in general. I've made a lot of friends there.
I don't spend as much time on social media as before, but take advantage of the hashtag opportunities when I can. Every day has something special, but I really like #FridayReads.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on March 18, 2018:
I have become quite a Twitter addict. Important to note also is that generally your visits from there will show up in analytics as "direct" rather than from the site itself.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 17, 2018:
Fabulous, very useful article. Thank you for writing this.