Twitter Memes A.K.A. Twitter Hashtags

May 20th, 2009 |

About is all about being plugged into social media. We strive to provide informative, relevant, and unique perspectives in the world of social media.

Questions often arise of some of the terminology used throughout Twitter.  One such term as of late is a “Meme”.  First off, let’s take a look at what exactly a meme means, so let’s head on over to our good friend Mr. Wikipedia.  According to Wikipedia, a meme is:

A meme (pronounced /miːm/ – rhyming with “cream”), is a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices that gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.

Ok, if that sounded a little to much like “blah, blah, blah”, think of a meme as a viral idea.  It is something that is shared from one person to another, to another, to another, and so on.  On Twitter, should your original tweet be viral enough, this process is accomplished through a retweet.

Chances are you have seen tweets with where a word or phrase is prefixed with a “#”.  They are commonly known as hashtags.  However, they are also known as memes since they help track or monitor popular topics.  These memes help Twitter users associate with trending topics and help make using Twitter search easier to use to find exactly what you are looking for.

Creating memes when you tweet can really help users identify with the nature of your tweet as well as help you track your tweet should it really go viral.  Go ahead and try it out, when retweeting this message you can tag it with terms such as #socialmedia, #ploked, or #memes to name a few.  Just don’t go overboard, most Twitter users despise more than 3 hashtags in a tweet.

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  • ice_mouton

    you should really change your tweet plugin to one that doesn't require oauth such as the tweetmeme one, because it makes it a pain for me to retweet your articles, although great write-up retweeted and added hashtags as suggested 😛 great job!

  • twittleydotcom (Twittley)

    RT @ploked Twitter Memes A.K.A. Twitter Hashtags | (via