Hashtags are everywhere nowadays.
If you’ve been wondering what the # symbol means (and how it works) then this article is for you.
But first, where did hashtags come from?
- Hashtags originated on Twitter as a way to group tweets on similar topics and mark trends.
- More recently, hashtags have spread to other social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
What exactly are hashtags?
Long story short, hashtags allow social media users to search for posts that belong to a certain theme or topic (for example, the hashtag #RWC2011 links all the Rugby World Cup 2011 related posts together)
Think of hashtags as a way categorising information on the internet, with the best part being that popular/trending hashtags are like flashing signs pointing other social media users in your direction.
Still not sure how hashtags work?
Three popular hashtags:
- #Selfie (self-portrait photograph)
- #NoFilter (meaning no instagram filter applied)
- #FoodPorn (work that one out yourself!)
So how do I create hashtag?
- Open Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and create a new post/update
- At the end of your post, type the pound (#) symbol, followed by a word or run-together phrase
- Post your update to see the hashtag become clickable a link (that’s it!)
Example: Here’s how your caption might look if accompanied with a photo: “How good does this banana split look!? #FoodPorn #BananaSplit
As you can see, you can use more than one hashtag per post (Nb: apparently best practice on Instagram is less than 10 hashtags per post)
ps – looking for a laugh? Check out this 2-minute hashtag video featuring Justin Timberlake