Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They're like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol (#) and a specific tag.
In Charleston, most of the news organizations have agreed upon a standard of news-based hashtags to let members of the community, and each other, keep track of what's going on around town. Here are a few of the most commonly used hashtags:
News = #CHSNEWS: A general news category for non-urgent but newsworthy
Weather = #CHSWX: The two-letter tag is non-standard but widely used.
Traffic = #CHSTRFC: Traffic reports.
Business = #CHSBIZ: Business news.
Sports = #CHSSPORTS: Primarily for game scores or breaking news related to
Food = #CHSEATS: Eating and drinking is such a big deal locally that we
needed a food category.