Hashtags were originally used in Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Specifically, they were used for text messaging via the internet with several people involved in a channel.
The popularity of hashtags peaked with the introduction of Twitter. They are now commonly used to make it easy for people to search for specific topics and join discussions that matter to them.
When a hashtagged word is highly used, it becomes a trending topic. Trending topics can be organized by a particular geographic area or by Twitter itself.
Using hashtag on Pinterest
Another social media platform that accommodates the use of hashtags is Pinterest.
On this popular photo pinning site, the hashtag is even considered to be more useful than on Twitter.
The reason is that with its ability to create photo boards, users are able to connect with larger boards and communities particularly when it comes to topics and interests that have a global reach.
On Pinterest, you use the hashtag just as you would on Twitter.
An important thing to remember is to always use it when writing descriptions and keywords of your photos no matter how short they are. This will let you connect your interests to a larger community.
When using the hashtag in your photo description, make sure you tag words that are broad and cover many topics so you can connect to a greater audience.
As an example, if you are sharing a photo of a delicious looking chocolate cake or a recipe for a chocolate cake, you can hashtag #recipes, #cake and #chocolate.
That way, you have a better chance of connecting to a wider audience and your topics become easily searchable.
When you search for #cakes, these images are what you’ll see.
When you search for #chocolate, this is what you’ll get.
And when you search for #recipes, you will be shown these photos.
So if you are pinning a new photo or repinning an image you like already posted on Pinterest, make sure to create your own description with the hashtag and the appropriate word or words.
Have you used hashtags to create a following of your topic? What did you find worked best?
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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