On Wednesday 12th of June 2013 Facebook introduced one of the best social media features there is: hashtags. This conversation tool has a long tradition in other social media networks like Twitter, Instagram or Google+. Hashtags are available for users to mark their content with specific tags to become part of public conversations. A #hashtag is a word starting with the symbol „#“ followed by a word, for example „#xbionic“. See our first Facebook article with this feature:
If you click on one of the hashtags #fotoshooting or #xbionic, a popup window opens with search results, that contain all articles with the hashtag you clicked on. That means an article gets more visibility in different public conversations if it has more hashtags. You can also search for hashtag conversations with the regular Facebook search tool above the content.
That works also on Twitter and Instagram and has the same effect in these networks. See the examples with the hashtag #xbionic:
Google+ launched hashtags only a couple of weeks before, see the following example with different clickable hashtags:
With rolling out hashtags on Facebook, this cool feature finally arrived in all important social media networks. That makes it easier for you to find the content you are searching for and to discover the whole content from another point of view.
Instagram images with #xbionic:[yinstagram]
Instagram is an image based social network. One typical feature of all uploaded images is, that they are all square shaped and often added with a special color filter. Every image can be tagged just like Twitter posts with hashtags. That makes it easier for users to find images with a special content or topic. A lot of our fans add the hashtag #xbionic to every image they upload. These pictures can also get likes or comments from other users. Here is an example photo from our own stream:
For a better usability you may also use Statigram at your desktop computer, it is an Instagram web viewer for a better experience and handling in a web browser. Instagram was primarily developed for mobile devices to take pictures and upload them instantly. Statigram is the better way to browse and search through the images at Instagrams at home on your PC or Mac. Here is the same image from above displayed at Statigram:
If you want to get a complete step by step guide, how to use Instagram, read this extensive article by Mashable.
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If you own a Windows phone, check out the best unofficial apps for Instagram, presented by CNET.[/toggle]
Finally check out the photos that were taken by Instagram users, who added the hashtag #xbionic:[yinstagram]