What is a hashtag?

Hashtag: It’s a word with the pound sign in front of it.

This makes any term (without spaces or punctuation) searchable on Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.

On Twitter you can use numbers in a hashtag like #Year2012 but the hashtag can’t only be a number like #2012.

It is not relevant on Facebook (as of 6/12/13 Hashtags on Facebook are clickable). They’re generally only seen there from cross/auto-posts. However, since they bought Instagram, there is an infusion of hashtags and I read rumors they’ll be usable in the future.

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Why would you use a hashtag?

It helps give you exposure on Twitter by making terms searchable outside of your following.

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