This is a quick post to show you one way to use Twitter to listen to or join in a conversation about a topic or an event. Currently New York Fashion Week is underway, and the people who are using Twitter to communicate about the event have chosen a "tag" or key-word to add to their messages so their tweets are findable by those who are seeking to be within the conversation.
Most tags use the "hash" also known as the "number sign "#". Either people get together to decide on a hashtag, others make them up, use them for fun, or are totally serious about them. In the case of New York Fashion Week, the hashtag is "#NYFW". If I go to Twitter.com and enter this tag into the search box I'll be presented with all the tweets that include this tag, allowing me to see specific conversations and messages relating to this event. Pretty cool stuff.
Please let me know your further questions by posting them in the comments box below. Until next time, thanks!