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How to make Twitter more productive.

If you are a longtime user of Twitter, you might remember their tracking feature which allowed you to receive automatic updates about subjects or people you found interesting. I loved this feature and got a ton of use from it! I would often track news and information about NIN, the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trailblazers, Leo Laporte, Steve Jobs, etc with this feature. 

Unfortunately, they removed it because it was stressing their servers too much, bringing the Twitter service down every couple of days it seemed. In its place has arisen a user driven workaround - the hashtag. When twittering, just add a pound sign (#)before any subject. For example if you were twittering about the recent Portland Trailblazer score you might follow it with #trailblazers, enabling other Blazer fans to find all the recent news, information, and rumors that might be of interest to them on Twitter. A great website that archives all of these hashtags is #hashtags.

 Kevin Rose explains in this guest post how hashtags and 9 other tweeting techniques and habits can be used to increase the number of people who follow you on Twitter at TechCrunch.