Hashtags 101

I had a question about hashtags from my very own husband today. You see them everywhere, but you may not understand them.

Hashtags are basically a filing system for finding certain subjects on social media.  Hashtags start with the pound sign # and are usually a word or multiple words with no punctuation.


In many forms of social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, these hashtags turn into links that you can click or tap to see other posts on the subject.

For example, I took this photo of snow during the winter and posted it to Instagram with several hashtags.

That will pull up other photos posted on Instagram with the #snow hashtag. It would take some time to look at all of them, as you can see there are over 86,000,000 posts with that hashtag.

When viewing the photo on Instagram, you can tap the #snow hashtag because it is an active link.

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