Google recently added the long awaited hashtag feature to Google+ last week. They’re still working out some of the bugs and some users have found the feature hard to use at first.
Hashtags in Google+ work similar to hashtags in Twitter. Type the “#” before any word to make it a clickable link. For instance, if we wanted to use “hashtag” as our term, we would type #hashtag .
If you want to use a phrase for your hashtag you must type it as one word. For instance if we wanted to use the phrase “Google+ Tutorial” as our keyword, we would type #Google+Tutorial .
Common question: I’m typing # before the word but it is still not clickable!
Answer: Make sure that you put a space before typing the # symbol followed by your keyword. Even if you are at the beginning of a new line, you must hit the space bar first. Apparently, Google knows about this bug and is working to fix it.
Hashtag search results are similar to those in Twitter. When you search for a term, again with the # symbol, it will show all the steam updates that contain the same hashtag.
It will be interesting to see if some die hard Twitter users start getting in to Google+ now that the hashtag feature has arrived.
As of right now, the search results for hashtags also show posts that mention the keyword- regardless of whether it has a hashtag or not. This is another bug that Google is working to fix.
Once this feature is fully functional it should be a big help to marketers, bloggers and those wishing to categorize their stream updates.
Don’t forget to read my Complete Google+ Tutorial.