Q: I’ve just started using Twitter and am still getting to grips with hashtags. What different youth ministry and youth work hashtags are there?
A: As it sounds like you’re aware, hashtags are used on Twitter to identify your tweets with a certain topic, group or genre. This helps you and other people to search for tweets related to that topic simply by searching for the hashtag.
By using youth ministry or youth work related hashtags, you can increase the chance that your tweets get seen be a wider audience than just your existing followers. This can help people to discover (and subsequently follow) you, increases the chance of a question you have being answered, etc.
When using hashtags, always remember your # symbol first and don’t put spaces in between words. i.e. neither youthmin nor #stu min are correctly used hashtags.
Anyway, to answer the question, here is a list of 20 youth ministry and youth work hashtags:
- #YP (short for Young People)
- #stumin (short for Student Ministry)
- #kidmin (short for Kid’s Ministry
- #fammin (short for Family Ministry)
- #cathym (short for Catholic Youth Ministry)
- #ywchat (short for Youth Work Chat. This hashtag is a way for youth workers and youth pastors to chat about whatever’s on their mind or heart – sometimes it’s personal stuff, sometimes it’s professional)
- #YourYouthGroupEventOrProject (so don’t really put that hashtag – use whatever is applicable for you, such as #GroveUMCLockin or #OKCYCTraining). As youth participate in the lock-in, sponsored bike ride training, etc, they can update using their special hashtag and everyone can keep up with what’s going on with that event or project.
- #socent (stands for Social Enterprise – not always used in the youth work field, but might be applicable depending on the work that you do)
Don’t forget – the hashtag still counts towards the 140 characters you’re allowed in any tweet. If you’re pushed for space, it may therefore be better to use a hashtag like #uthmin instead of #youthministry as this saves 7 characters.
Question: What youth ministry or youth work hashtags do you prefer? Are there any hashtags we’ve missed off the list? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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