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Using Hashtags in Google+ [Tutorial]

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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.

How to Use Hashtags in Google+:

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 in Google+:

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.

Anson Alexander

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