Using Twitter Hashtags to Follow Cycling News

TwitterThose of you who follow the Kansas Cyclist Twitter Feed may have noticed something new in recent posts — I’ve begun using hashtags.

What’s a hashtag? It’s simply the “hash” symbol (#) followed by some characters, usually a word, phrase, or acronym.

What’s it good for? It’s used to provide a rudimentary “grouping” facility for Twitter posts. So if you’re interested in a particular topic, you can quickly find all the tweets that reference that hashtag, by using Twitter Search. You can also use the hashtag’s RSS feed (which you can find on the Twitter Search results page) to monitor tweets on that subject via a feed reader.

Here are the Twitter hashtags I’m using:

If you’re a Twitter user, I invite you to use those hashtags in your own tweets. Obviously, you should only use this for tweets that are on-topic and of general interest. Don’t use the same hashtag for every post, and don’t use hashtags for purely personal posts.

Some other potentially interesting hashtags: #advocacy, #bicycles, #bicycling, #bike, #bikes, #cycling, #cyclocross, #mtb, #procycling, #tourofmo. Another way to browse additional hashtags, and to see who is using the hashtags, is wefollow.

Again, if you haven’t done so already, please follow @kansascyclist on Twitter, and stay up-to-date on the latest in bicycling news and events in Kansas and neighboring states.

For additional Twitterers to follow, see our list of Twittering Cyclists of the Midwest. To follow pro cyclists and teams, refer to the lists from Bicycle Frenzy and Podium Insight.


About The Author

By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

One response to “Using Twitter Hashtags to Follow Cycling News”

  1. Jym Dyer says:

    =v= I’ve noticed a new set, community edited here:

    http://tinyurl.com/bikehashtags

    Certainly #bikeNYC has been getting a lot of use; other cities, a little bit as well.