Using hashtagify.me

Basics

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To find a hashtag, search for its name and you will see it displayed inside a red circle. The size of the circle shows the popularity of the hashtag: The more popular the hasthag, the bigger the circle.

Hashtag Popularity

You can read the numerical popularity rating of the hashtag in the header of the page - see image below. This 0-100 rating is relative to the most popular hashtag on Twitter: The most popular hashtag will get 100, while a hashtag that is never used would get 0 (but actually, it will just be "not found").

monthly/weekly variation image

Near the absolute Popularity number you’ll also find the weekly and monthly variation – that is, if and how much the popularity of the hashtag increased or decreased week on week (W) and month on month (M). You can click on the Weekly or Monthly change to go directly to the Popularity Trend chart.

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Around the red circle, representing the hashtag you searched, you will also see its top related hashtags - up to 10 - displayed as blue circles. The correlation is measured as the percentage of tweets using the searched hashtag which also use the related one. The stronger the correlation, the thicker the line that links them. You can also read the actual percentage by moving your mouse pointer over the related hashtag.

You can explore the field of related hashtags by clicking on one of them (blue circles); this will automatically search that hashtag and will display its own related ones. This way you can easily find all the hashtag related to your interests, and learn which ones are the most and least popular and most and least specific.

Advanced Mode

If you want to visualize if two related hashtags share some correlations among them, you can click the "Advanced mode" option on the lower right corner of the graph. With this option, when you click a related hashtag its own top correlations will be displayed, with green links, along with those which were already displayed; on the right sample tweets using both hashtags will be shown.

If some hashtags are among the top ten correlations for both the selected (red) and the focused (yellow) hashtag, they will have both grey and pink links. If you then want to explore the focused hashtag, click it a second time.

Table Mode

The related hashtags visualization gives you a quick overview of all related hashtags. But, if you want to see more details or work on multiple related hashtags, you can click the “Table Mode” button:

In this mode, you’ll see the top 10 related hashtags in a table, which you can sort by hashtag popularity, correlation with the main hashtag, and trend. You can also search the related hashtag by clicking directly on its name.

menu With the table mode you can also select or deselect individual related hashtags by clicking the checkbox or row. When you have selected some hashtags, using the toolbar, you can:

  1. Save them as a new bundle
  2. Copy them to the clipboard, so that it becomes easy to paste them in a tweet or other social media message you’re writing
  3. Create a comparison of the hashtags

This feature allows you to set up hashtagify to send an alert directly to your inbox as soon as a new hashtag related to your interests starts trending. You can register free to use this feature.

Search the hashtag you're interested into. Below the related hashtags graph you’ll find a section showing any active breakout alerts for your hashtag – new alerts stay active for three days.

Taking as an example #mtv, a very hot hashtag at the time of writing, there were already many active alerts:

Image: Hashtagify active alerts

To start receiving alerts via email when a new related hashtag starts trending, you just need to click the envelope icon. You can deactivate the alerts by clicking the icon again.

When you activate alerts for a hashtag, it will also be automatically added to the “Bookmarks” window, where you can activate/deactivate alerts by selecting the hashtag, clicking the edit button, and checking or unchecking the Alerts via email checkbox.

Limits

Our mission with hashtagify.me is to allow you to find the best hashtags to get detailed intelligence on, and to find them for free. But generating and sending the alerts consumes resources, so we had to put some limits. For now, only the number of alerts that can be generated for each user is limited; the current limit is 10 alerts per month. So, be careful if you activate alerts for some very popular hashtag, as you could use up your quota very quickly.

Top Influencers

In the Top Influencers tab you can find a list of up to 6 of the top influencers on Twitter for the selected hashtag. The list is created based on the activity of each user for that hashtag, on the engagement the activity creates and on its reach.

On the right of the list you can also see a graph where each of the top influencers is represented by a bubble (FluGraph). The Y position of the bubble shows the relative influence of each of the top users for this hashtag: The higher the position, the greater the influence. The X position shows the specialization of each user for this hashtag: A user who only tweets about this hashtag (100% specialization) will be at the far right of the graph, while a user who is among the top influencers, but still tweets a lot about other hashtags, will be on the left.

The size of the bubble shows the number of followers for each user. If you place your mouse pointer over the bubble, or over the name of the user on the list, you will be able to read the exact number of followers. To open the Twitter page of one of the influencers, you can click on his bubble or on her name in the list.

Hashtag Usage Patterns

Our mission with hashtagify.me is to give you all the most useful information to find the best hashtags for your needs. One important piece of information is Hashtags trending data.

Clicking on the Usage Patterns tab, you’ll find a graph of the popularity of your searched hashtag during the two last months, also with a projected value for the current week - the projection is computed as soon as there are enough data, usually on Tuesday evening.

#tahrir graph

Finally, at the right of the graph, you’ll also find two thermometers that show in a more visual and immediate way how hot or cold the hashtag is becoming, again with the weekly and monthly variations we already saw before.

You can also easily compare the trends of different hashtags like in this example:

Image: #Snowden trend comparison

Image: Multiple hashtags button To activate this kind of comparison, go to the Usage Patterns tab and click the multiple hashtags button (see image on the right).

You can then add hashtags to the comparison using the search box, or clicking from the list of recent hashtags you searched. You can also reorder the hashtags by dragging and dropping them in the list, or remove a hashtag from the comparison by dropping it on the recycle bin.

When you create a comparison, you’ll notice that the list of hashtags is also shown above the navigation tabs:

Image: Save Comparison button

From here you can save the hashtags you’re comparing as a bundle. Click the plus button to create a new bundle with them.

Later, when you want to reopen the comparison with updated data, you can open the Bookmarks window, and then double click on the bundle you want to open. You will be immediately taken to the trend comparison graph.

Day of Week, Time of Day

This feature, that you can find in the Usage Patterns tab, helps you find the best times to send your tweets for a given hashtag. As an example, take a look at this chart:

#ff days and hours

No surprise here: #ff, the hashtag for Follow Friday, is used mostly on Fridays! But what if you didn’t already know what #ff is? Now you can learn about this kind of patterns quickly when searching for hashtags on hashtagify!

Like every other free feature on hashtagify.me, this analysis is only based on a sample of all tweets, and for the smaller hashtags it will take some time to gather enough data. That’s why we also added the same chart to CyBranding Hashtag Intelligence, so that, if you’re really interested in a hashtag which isn’t among the most used, you can find the pattern quickly.

Languages and Variants

In the "Languages" tab you can find the top languages used with your hashtag. This statistics is based on the classification made by Twitter, which was only made available in the free sample since April 2013, so not all hashtags have enough data to show significant stats yet.

You can also find all the different typing variants used for the searched hashtag; they will be shown in the "Variants" graph. For each variant, the usage percentage is displayed.

Bookmarks

Using the Bookmarks feature you can save a hashtag for later reference. You can register free to use this feature.

To save the current hashtag, the last one you searched, click the add (plus) button in our toolbar – that’s near the popularity numbers for the current hashtag, as you can see in the image below:

Image: Hashtag Add button

This will open the Bookmarks window, where you can also add notes or a description to your saved hashtags:

Image: Bookmarks window

In the same window you can organize your hashtags into named bundles. Create a new bundle using the plus button near the search box, then add a hashtag to the bundle by dragging the hashtag onto the bundle and dropping it there.

To reorder the hashtags in a bundle, select the bundle, then drag the hashtags you want to move and drop them into their new positions. If you want to remove a hashtag from the selected bundle, drag the hasthag and drop it onto the All Bookmarks pseudo-bundle.

Image: Bookmarks menu After you organized your hashtags and bundles, you can always access them by clicking the Bookmarks menu voice, at the top right of the page.

To reopen one of your saved hashtags, from the Bookmarks window, double click the hashtag from the list, or select it and then click the magnifier button.

Near the magnifier button you can also find the edit button. Click it to add or change your notes for the hashtag, and also its spelling – specifically, you can change the case of the letters, which can make a long hashtag #EasierToRead

Hashtag Definitions

Once you have a hashtag saved to your hashtags, you can add a public definition to it. Public definitions are visible to every user, and they link to the Twitter account of the author: They are a great way to show you're an expert about a hashtag!

Add/open your hasthag in Bookmarks and then click the button shown here:

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Enter your definition – keep it short and to the point – and click the save button:

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That’s it! On our home page your definition will appear with a link to your Twitter profile, so, the first time you add a definition, you’ll need to confirm your Twitter account. We’ll manually review all definitions before publishing them, but you’ll receive a confirmation email as soon as yours is approved.

You can add as many definitions as you like. You’ll also be able to see if, for a given hashtag, there is already a definition somebody else contributed, even if it is still waiting for a review.

If more than one definition is contributed for the same hashtag, only the most voted will be featured, but users will be able to see all the definitions if they are really interested. Only registered users can vote, and they can also comment on a definition, but anybody can share a definition on Twitter using the bullhorn button:

Image: comments and bullhorn

We will share all contributed definitions, as soon as they’re approved, with our new specific account @htdef, and we will feature the best ones with our main account @hashtagify.

You can also check all your definitions, their status, votes, comments etc., in a basic page we created just for that:

Image: my hashtags

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