Social Media Tip: @mentions & #hashtags

Social Media Tip: @mentions & #hashtags

social-media-tipsBoth 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.