So are you ready to post a picture on any social media such as Facebook or Instagram? Don’t forget your Hash Tags!!!!!
In social media hashtags — those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are extremely important to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them. Plus, they can be a lot of fun.
The pound sign (or hash) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics and other posts based on those keywords. So, if you wanted to post about the race you just attended at the Ram Offroad Park in Colorado Springs, CO, you would include #Ramoffoadpark in your post.
- Don’t overuse - Use a maximum of two hashtags in your tweets or facebook posts. If you use too many your followers will think you are spamming them. But Instagram allows an unlimited amount.
- Keep them short - Tweets are restricted to 140 characters you don’t want a hashtag taking up 50% of the letters in your tweet, there is a limit to Facebook, allowing you a total number of 30 hashtags including links and above 30 are unlinked.
- No spaces - Make sure there are no spaces in the words preceding the hashtag or punctuation, as it will break the link.
Tip#1: If you have a list of sponsors, it helps a lot to use the notepad on your phone. Simply add the sponsors with hash tags(#) in front of them on to your notepad and copy/paste whenever needed. Eliminate the error of losing somebody!
Tip #2: Do a search for the hashtag you intend to use before you use it. You never know what people may be using hashtags to discuss. You and you wouldn’t want to accidentally connect to a negative, controversial or embarrassing topic.