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How To Use Hootsuite To Follow A Hashtag!


As well as publishing intermittent hydrology-related content, the MBRFC also has an automated system that issues a tweet every time a non-routine river forecast is issued. Embedded in those automated tweets are hashtags using the NWS 5-character ID for the site the forecast is being issued. For example, if a forecast on the South Platte River near Roscoe, Nebraska is issued, a tweet with that forecast information is automatically generated and includes #RSON1 in the tweet.


Using a social media dashboard application such as Hootsuite, Twitter users can set up their account to follow certain hashtags, such as #RSON1 or another river gage that they might live near or otherwise be interested in.


Step by step instructions for using Hootsuite to follow a hashtag:
1. Sign into (using the same login you use for Twitter account)
2. Click the “Add Stream” in the top left corner of the screen
3. When the dialog box appears, click the “Search” tab
4. Make sure the Twitter account you want to use is shown under "Select a Profile:"

5. Type the hashtags, you'd like to follow separated by "OR"

      Example: #DWEN1 OR #WSHK1 OR #BLRK1

      **Weather Forecast Offices can use this document to copy and paste all of their forecast points into the search box. 

6. Click "Add Stream"
7. The new stream should show up in your Hootsuite dashboard, on the far right