8th BioMarine International Business Convention
1-3 oct 2017, Rimouski Qc, Canada View Location

Oct 24

#BioMarine Hash-tag for beginners


Once you’ve started using Twitter, it won’t take long before you come across what’s known as a hash tag. That’s when you see something in a tweet that has a # prefix. (The # is a hash symbol, hence the term hash tag or, more commonly now, hash tag.)

When I first saw them, it took me a while to wrap my head around what the purpose of this thing was. But, once I “got it,” I realized it’s not as complicated as it seems.


A hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #BioMarine you’ll get a list of tweets related to the topic. What you won’t get are tweets that say “what is the world of BioMarine?” because “BioMarine” isn’t preceded by the hashtag.

The good thing about the hash tag is that if someone wrote a tweet without putting the word BioMarine in the main message, it will still show up in your search because of the tag. Eg. “Just ready to see the best live show on #BioMarine”

The flip side is that if you search using the tag, and someone wrote a tweet about the topic without including it, that tweet may not show up in your results, even if BioMarine appears in the text. Eg. “Who thinks BioMarine will win Best live show on marine resources this year?” (Sometimes it does, but not always.)

In a way, hash tags allow you to create communities of people interested in the same topic by making it easier for them to find and share info related to it.

There are a few other common ways hashtags are used as well:

  • Group Activities. These are things like conferences, associations, or online events, where there’s a certain group of people who want to share information among themselves through tweets (although be aware they’re still available to the general public).
  • Update 11/15/13: My new favorite hashtag is one that was created for probably THE best group activity EVER: #BioMarine