The Ultimate List of Top Hashtags for Translation and Localization Industry

Greater than 2 minutes, my friend!

Let’s start with the definition of a hashtag (#). This is Twitter officially definition:

Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

I personally use hashtags to keep myself updated with topics I’m interested in. Let’s face it, 24 hours is just not enough time to get our work done and keep ourselves updated about industry news, so I always spend an hour a day in the morning checking relevant hashtags to see what industry influencers are talking about or what’s trending now.
Today, I am sharing with you the ultimate list of hashtags used by top translation and localization industry influencers.


Top Hashtags for translation and localization industry

Hashtag Impressions Reach
#translation 435,547 283,061
#xl8 862,053 324,685
#t9n 923,991 347,962
#l10n 795,607
#i18n 149,482 113,778
#g11n 72,653 44,879
#linguistics 57,171 55,595
#medxl8 76,859 36,408
#techxl8 6,489 3,759
#MultiLanguages 47,650 48,799
#CrossCulture 33,700 22,716
#MT 1,251,222 238,940
#1nt 648,489 259,838
#translators 348,400 276,819
#t9njobs 1,331,838 40,783
#translatorslife 2,497 2,265
#Interpreter 194,985 35,566
#translatorslife 2,496 2,264
#t9y 74,841 29,232
#LocWorld30 2,204 2,204
#LSPs 42,174 41,232
#xl8cpd 250,881 53,256
#xl8events 12,375 12,375

Data fetched from for 7 days period.

Some of them were totally new for me when I started working in translation and localization industry, one of the best tools I found to help me figure out what some of the above hashtags stand for is:

Definition of Hashtags (Thanks to


It means “translate” (awful, but true. this is how: – x = trans – l = l – 8 = ate.


It means translation: t + 9 letters + n. as i18n means: “internationalization” and l10n means: “localization” take the first letter, then the number of letters up until the next to the last, and the last one.


Similar to the above – except starting with an ‘L’ and ending with an ‘N’ with ten letters in-between for ‘localization’.


The same idea is behind #i18n for ‘internationalisation’.


Same as above: globalization


Stands for #terminology (introduced by @TermServ).


Stands for language service providers


Stands for continuous professional development in the language/translation industries. Hashtag created by the Alexandria project (@Alexandria_xl8)

Why hashtags are so important?

Get more exposure to your message as it will appear in the hashtag page which displaying your tweet not only for your followers but also for all users who click on the hashtag word, for example, this is the link for this hashtag “#xl8”:

Content discovery, hashtags are a great way to discover new content and see what people are sharing in real time. In the era of social media, there are too much content published every day, following specific hashtags will keep you focused on the content that matters most to you.

If I missed any relevant hashtags, feel free to leave your favorite in the comment section below.


I use tweetdeck to monitor the most relevant hashtags, it helps me do some filtering to the search results, like show only tweets written in English that have at least 5 likes, 2 replies or 1 retweet. That will ensure you only get quality content in front of you and avoiding potential spammers.

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