The hashtag emerged as a method to sort through innumerable volumes of social media posts. Initially used by Twitter, hashtags helped users to classify or categorize tweets around specific topics, making relevant content discoverable by others. Searching on a hashtag like #BestTapasBoston would produce a set of tweets relating to restaurants serving tapas (small plates). Hashtags can be used as a way to search for and connect with others who share a common interest.
With the growth in social media adoption, use of hashtags expanded to other platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. But while their use has spread, the application of hashtags in each platform is as varied as a meal of tapas plates. While you may choose to participate on several social platforms for your business, it’s important to cater both the style of the posts and the use of hashtags to each platform. (more…)