How and Why Hashtags on Social Sites Like Facebook, Twitter

This is very interesting on how the hashtag# or pound sign has been used on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google plus and others.

HashtagHashtags # are a way that people start or try to organize information on social sites for easy searching in the future.  It has grown in popularity over the last decade and is just getting more popular as time goes by.  They are useful to use in my opinion also.

Each site has it own way of using the #hashtag.  I am a sports guy so I know on Twitter that the tag #sctop10 is that way that you vote on the top 10 for sports center on ESPN.  Which is very interesting.  Here are some other idea’s and ways to use the hashtag on Twitter…

Twitter

Twitter hashtags don’t support special characters like +, !, $, %, -, ^, &, *, etc. They do support letters, numbers and _ (underscore).

There are no hashtag limits (length, number) as long as you keep your message within 140 characters (which is already limiting in itself).

Some say that by using the # or hashtag you will increase engagement, which makes sense if you are participating in a conversation. When there is something going on, like an event, similar to what i mentioned above, is a good time for people to use the hashtag.

Instagram and Hashtags

When using Instagram, they use the hashtag in a similar way as twitter, so that is somewhat convenient and not having to learn something new about each platform or social site.

You can add up to 30 hashtags to a single photo. You can even tag your photo after publishing it. Simply list your hashtags in the comments. (Note that you can only do this for your own uploads.

They say that when using the hashtag on Instagram that the following will increase dramatically especially on a trending topic.  Using the #hashtag for locations like #Albuquerque or #ABQ is another way to use the tag.  Participating in the hashtag games also seem quite popular on Instagram.

Google Plus Rules

There are some things that are different when using the #hashtag on Google Plus, wow there is a surprise right.  Why not conform with the other sites, but no can’t do that it is Google.

The only official rule for Google Plus hashtag character support is “no spaces”. However, you may have trouble using any characters (which are not letters, numbers or underscore) because Google Plus will attempt to drop them from the linked part of the hashtag.

The only official rule for Google Plus hashtag character support is “no spaces”. However, you may have trouble using any characters (which are not letters, numbers or underscore) because Google Plus will attempt to drop them from the linked part of the hashtag.

Google Plus has perceived hashtags differently from the very start. Instead of letting users organize and monitor their conversations, Google Plus hashtags allow for greater exploration of the platform, by Google and users.

This explains why Google Plus updates are auto-hashtagged, meaning that they are added automatically by Google when the topic is clearly discerned.
One thing nice about this platform or social site is that there are not any limits on the number of #’s that you can use, which can be nice.  When using the hashtag on Google Plus, my reach seems to increase a bit and people that i have no contact with seem to comment more frequently when a hashtag is used.

Everything seems to be ranked by popularity and the use of related hashtags.  Using descriptive hashtags seems to work very good on this social site.

Pinterest Ideas

Pinterest has supported hashtags for some time now and they make it even better by have that link click-able, which is nice since you go right to that place.

Pinterest hashtags have been quietly supported for some time. “Supported” means the word after the # is click-able (and only in the description).

There are no official rules or limitations on the number of hashtags you can add to a Pinterest post, and Pinterest hashtags seem to support the same set of characters as most other social platforms do.

The search feature on the Pinterest platform is basically worthless so I would not even waste my time right now with them.  I guess on the other hand go and use the #hashtag just in case they fix the search feature into the future.

There are other sites that are using hashtags, such as Tumblr.com  and WordPress.com as well as others.  Use the hashtag when you can to try and organize  your information better and allow searching the future easier.

Know the rules for each site and the limitations that they have. This will make your life easier on each social platform.

Credit for the excerpts in this article are from this piece of content: Credits: How Hashtags Work on Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, and Flickr

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