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I have just had a bit of a look at how Twitter hashtags arise for our StackGenealogy Twitter account that is fully automated.

Currently, the first (most common) tag on a question that gets tweeted by the account is used, and so looking at the 10 most recent ones we get Twitter hashtags of:

Is this the best way? Can we tag better here to get better hashtags on Twitter? Should we, even if we can?

If we wanted to we could ask for #genealogy to be put on every tweet via the mechanism described at Add site specific hashtag to Twitter feeds

Is that what we want instead?

Any ideas as answers are welcome. This discussion arose from an idea that @JanMurphy mentioned in a comment on Should Army, Navy and Air Force be synonyms of Military Records tag?.

  • We (mods) have asked SE if we can have #genealogy and no other hashtag(s) attached to all tweets from our site's Twitter account as per the discussion which seemed to gain consensus here. – PolyGeo Jun 12 '15 at 1:26
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If I could tweak the settings for @StackGenealogy, I would set the hashtag to #genealogy so that the tweets would show up for users searching for that hashag.

I would ONLY add the hashtag #genealogy and not any of the other tags which we might put on a question -- see this comment made by @Anna Lear in Meta for the reason why:

However, y'all gotta keep in mind the maximum tweet length. Can't go too crazy with hashtags when there's title summary and URL to get in there as well.

People using hashtags as a filter on Twitter are most likely to be searching for #genealogy and not our other tags.

  • I think this is probably the only practicable solution. Ideally I think it would be great if the most "useful/attractive" tag became the hashtag but designating which that is seems impractical. A hashtag like #19thcentury certainly seems to be of little use to people filtering Twitter. – PolyGeo Jan 24 '15 at 23:01
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    Is this possible? This is worthy of a feature request on meta.SE if it hasn't been addressed already. – user47 Jan 26 '15 at 23:12
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I am not clear on why something wouldn't get a hashtag, as every post should have one, but also not clear to what level of controls we have over building the hashtag.

I think the hashtag of UnitedStates & Photo is just about useless, but military-records and immigration very useful in the context. If you look at Pinterest you see what works successfully on some of those boards but you have more room there as well.

My thoughts: Only post primary synonyms, if we can. Exclude regional / location tags, if we can. Exclude "photo".

Tag all, and possibly only with a unique hashtag #GEFH or #GESE or #FamHist that is short, or use one of the more established genealogy tags and commonly used tags like #Ancestry.

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