How to Use a Hashtag

A hashtag is a word or unspaced phrase prefixed with the symbol # (formerly known as a pound sign). 

Example:  #BHHSselect

A hashtag can appear in a sentence (ex: PSP is in #Nashville for convention.) or appended to a sentence or photo description (ex: PSP knows how to do it right! #BHHSselect) And it doesn't matter if the hashtag is upper or lower case or both.

This type of metadata tag is most used with short messages on microblogging and social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Tout, identi.ca, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, or Google+. (so it isn't just a Twitter thing)

If you put the hashtag before important words, (as in: #selectstandsout) they will provide a means of grouping such messages. Then one can search for the messages by clicking on the hash tagged word to see how others used it.

It's a really handy skill to learn, as social media becomes one of the primary ways we communicate.

 

Example: In this picture below that I put on Facebook, I added the hashtag #BHHSselect


 

So then after I post the picture if I click on the hashtag #BHHSselect, a new screen with a feed of all the pictures and text posts that have used that hashtag will appear.

This way other people - even those whom you aren't 'friends' with - can see your posts relating to that particular hashtag and can get involved in the conversation, like your post, etc.

At Prudential Select Properties we highly encourage you to use the hashtag #BHHSselect on all your real estate related posts, pictures, etc.

Note: BHHSselect is our company twitter page, but the hashtag #BHHSselect can be used on ANY social media site.

Thanks!

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