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As you probably know, #hashtags are a kind of search hack to group like content. They started on Twitter and now work on Facebook, LinkedIn, Slack, and plenty of other places.
Caps don’t matter in a hashtag, but precise spelling absolutely does.
Unfortunately, #L&D doesn’t work, nor does #L+D. The ampersand or
plus part is a special character, so it winds up being a far less useful
So which hastags are the best ones for Learning & Development?
Well, it depends on what your goals are, of course. But for anything
that you’re looking to group alongside other posts from our Learning
& Development community, here are some Twitter-specific suggestions:
- #InstructionalDesign = probably your single best option
- #ID = also used for those discussion identification (as in passports and drivers licenses)
- #IDT = not used often by anyone
- #LIDT = used more often by Italians, and people working with um…lasers
- #training = lots of people exercising and practicing for sports competitions
- #eLearning = used frequently by L&D community, another good choice
- #mLearning = used only by people who use way too many hastags
- #OnlineLearning = used frequently, and also by those making direct to consumer courses on Coursera, Teachable, Udemy, etc.
- #BlendedLearning = used frequently by wide array of educators
- #AdultLearning = used a fair bit, but do remember that “adult” has another less-than-professional meaning, as well
- #LearningStrategy = rarely used
- #LearningAndDevelopment = very rarely used
- #LD = this usually means “learning disabilities” not “Learning & Development”
- #LnD = used by the Live-N-Direct Show, unless you’re into hip hop too this probably isn’t your jam
- #education = used broadly by educators of all types
- #edtech = includes all educational technology, tends to skew toward K-12
If there’s another hashtag that you like to use that you don’t see included here, please let us know!
These are the result of a survey and research done at the end of
2017, and hashtags do evolve as we use them. No one is really in charge
of these things, it’s just a matter of what works at the time based on
overall usage in the Twittersphere.
Twitter’s own advice on #hashtags
Do you have additional hashtag questions, or want to see a similar guide for other platforms? Again, just reach out and say so. In the meantime, we hope this helps. Happy Hashtagging!