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Hashtags Are Your Friends #Twitter #hashtag

I’ve found myself retweeting some tweets lately that are interesting but might not get as much attention as they deserve. I always seem to have to add a comment to them in order to assure they’re getting viewed. You see, in any given instance, even a relatively low-profile account such as mine has a better chance of getting noticed than a high-profile account if I effectively use hashtags. People searching for keywords will find my tweet in their search result. For an example, see my title on this post. My posts automatically are shared to Twitter, and sometimes someone will share my page to Twitter. Either way, the hashtags automatically get included in those tweets, again raising my profile.

If you have no idea what hashtags are or how to use them, head over to the Twitter Help Center’s page on the subject. The only issue I take with their advice is that tweeting with more than two hashtags isn’t usually spamming. If your post covers more than two areas of interest, you’re going to want to use more than two hashtags. Just stick them at the end of the tweet’s title so that they don’t obscure the title, even repeating a word as long as you have the space to do so. Again, look at the title to this post as an example. I could have written, “#Hashtags Are Your Friends #Twitter,” but chose not to include the # sign in the title itself. It’s easier for people to read my title, yet I can still include the hashtag.

YMMV.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Attention #Virginia Drivers: Changes to the #Texting While Driving #Law

Don’t do this.

The law of texting while driving (“TWD”) has changed in Virginia. § 46.2-341.20:5. Prohibition on texting and use of handheld mobile telephone; penalties now makes TWD a “primary offense,” which means that an officer can pull you over for texting even if you haven’t done anything else wrong. Moreover, “lawfully stopped” does not include being temporarily stopped by a red light or heavy traffic, so there’s no exception for when, for example, you’re sitting at a red light (subsection D, “texting”). On the other hand, some of the exceptions still apply.

  1. You may use your phone to operate your GPS system or embedded music player while driving.
  2. You may receive and end telephone calls as long it doesn’t take more than a single gesture (i.e., swipe or button push) to do so (subsection D, “Texting”).
  3. You may use your phone in *any* manner as a response to an emergency (subsection C).
  4. You may use your device “hands free” as long as it’s mounted (i.e., you aren’t holding it with either one or both hands) in such a way that you don’t have to unbuckle your seat belt or adjust your proper driver’s sitting position to access it (subsection D, “Use of a handheld mobile telephone”). This exception does not apply to texting! You may not text even if the phone is mounted!

Note: These bullet points are summaries of the exceptions. Please read the statute to make sure you understand them completely.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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