Technical Terms: Hashtag

Hashtags are a way of tagging posts and images on social media. They are used heavily on Twitter, Instagram and other services. You can search for posts by hashtag, and use them in your own posts. You don't need to do anything special to create a hashtag, just start using it. Sometimes hashtags are used to express an emotion or something more complex to put an ambiguous post into context, or just for humorous effect.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Technical Terms: Hashtag”

    Tom Gonser
    10 months ago

    Helpful info for some of us that see “hashtags”, but don’t really understand the full context….

    John Hess
    10 months ago

    I wondered what they were. Do you just use the # key, print your message and then hit
    enter? Thank you.

    10 months ago

    John: Right, you just type # and letters. #likethis

    Michael Scott
    10 months ago

    How do Type hashtag? On my UK keyboard its symbol follows the primary £ one.

    10 months ago

    Michael: I believe it is Option+3. I also think the Option key on some UK keyboards is labelled “Alt” — look for the ⌥ symbol.

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