18 Feb Social Media Tip: @mentions & #hashtags
Both Twitter and Instagram allow users to use @mentions and #hashtags to link to profiles and posts on similar topics. WA uses @wacad for both Twitter and Instagram. If you include @wacad in something you post, it will create a link back to our profile pages. You can also share posts and images relating to WA by hashtagging them with #walions.
Use hashtags to categorize posts by keyword:
- Use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in your post to categorize them and help others find relevant posts.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other posts with that keyword.
- Hashtags can occur anywhere in the post—at the beginning, middle or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular can become trending topics on Twitter.
Using hashtags correctly:
- If you post with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your post
- Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over‐tag a single post. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per post.)
- Use hashtags only on posts relevant to the topic.
What is a mention?
- A mention is any update that contains “@username” anywhere in the body of the post.
- If you include more than one person’s name in your post and you use the @username format, all of those people will see the post in their Mentions tab on Twitter.