Welcome to the TweetDeck Desktop Learning Guide, where I’m going to walk you through using TweetDeck and making it work for you.

Hashtags. You see them on Twitter near constantly! Everyone has something to say to add to the huge body of conversations happening. The question I get about hashtags the most often is ‘Why do I need them?’

Holy Horde of Hashtags, Batman!

@TerrelMims, fellow #MyWANA Tweep!

Hashtags are like the party space of Twitter. Anyone can add to them, and anyone can read them. Thanks to programs like TweetDeck, you can even follow them!

Think of a large gathering of people, anywhere. If you go with your friends, and stay with them, it may be a cool experience, but you’ll never meet anyone new! That’s like just reading the people you’re following. With hashtag conversations you can meet new people and mix it up! So find some relevant hashtags and join up! Say hi to the people, especially #MyWANA if you write!

Adding a hashtag to a tweet is simple enough. When you’re composing, add #hashtag to the tweet! It will automatically get filtered into the list of tweets for that tag, adding to the conversation! Add it to responses originating from hashtag conversations to keep the rest of the tag clued in to the discussion.

Some important points about Hashtags:

Hashtags are not case sensitive! #AMWRITING and #amwriting are the same hashtag.
Hashtags also check internal matches. #writers sorts into both #writers and #writer. 

But where would this tutorial be if I didn’t do more than talk about hashtags? TweedDeck has a great feature for reminding you of which hashtags you’ve been using!

The Compose Window

This is the compose window expanded to show all of the controls. See the pound sign? If you click that button you get the drop down menu next to it, which includes all of your recently included hashtags! Just scroll through and click to add to your tweet!

You can also have TweetDeck automatically include hashtags in replies by going to the TweetDeck Twitter settings.

Check out the rest of the TweetDeck Desktop Learning Guide.