10 Websites That Support Hashtags

December 27, 2012
Where can you productively use #hashtags? Hashtags are defined as phrases or words with the prefix ?#?. These are created by online users themselves and the resulting posts/messages that contain them are then arranged categorically. People can easily look for the hashtag and acquire messages that also include it by simply typing it in. Although hashtags are used primarily by #Twitter users, there are also several other websites that are able to enjoy its classifying and grouping abilities. As a result, people can join the conversation even when browsing on other websites as long as the hashtag is available. Searching for these can be done on Twitter and other websites as well as on search engines. You can also study how effective your hashtag has by applying analytics tools. Read more on starting your own hashtag trend. Here are 10 websites that make use of hashtags.

1. Gawker Media

Gawker Media is a blog network and online media group. It operates using blogs primarily and is also using hashtags to help online users look for related blogs and posts easily.

2. Google+

Google+ or Google Plus is a social network which was recently introduced in 2011. There are around 500 million users in all. The social network has also incorporated hashtags for users to group together according to specific interest and online objectives.

3. Instagram

Instagram is a photo-sharing service wherein online users primarily share news and stories based on original images that they captured using mobile phones or devices. Hashtags are also used constantly to help others find the right topics and issues.

4. Tumblr

Tumblr is a social networking and micro-blogging site wherein users post and share content and multimedia in short-form blog. Blogs can be followed accordingly. Hashtags are also used on Tumblr to guide others to the right topics and discussions.

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is a social networking company wherein people can post images, videos and other types of content using a pinboard setup. Online users can discuss different issues and topics as well as create themes and share their own interests using the pinboard. Hashtags can also be used and shared on the pinboard to invite others to join in the conversations.

6. Orkut

Orkut is a social networking site also owned by Google. One of the main objectives of the company is to aid online users in locating and getting in touch with old friends and acquaintances. Majority of users are from Brazil, India and Japan. There are 33 million active members all over the world. Hashtags are also supported by the website.

7. Diaspora

Diaspora is also a social network that invests heavily on the free Diaspora software. It is a non-profit social network with the creators initially aiming for to provide a platform where users can be protected from advertising and corporate actions. Hashtags are incorporated to help users find associated topics and issues.

8. Tout

Tout is a social network and microblogging service where users share and upload 15-second videos, called touts. The company has more than 12 million users with over 75 million videos made. Hashtags are widely used on the website. People are relying on Tout more when it comes to sharing hashtags since YouTube only used these from 2009 to 2011.

9. FriendFeed

FriendFeed is a feed aggregator which combines updates from various social media sites and blogs to make customized feeds. These are shared among online users and help people find new contacts in a vast network. Hashtags are also used by FriendFeed to help individuals look for related topics and conversations.

10. Twitter

Twitter is the biggest micro-blogging service worldwide. Hashtags originated on Twitter and there are thousands created each month. The hashtag talks about particular issues and stories where other online users can also upload content and tweet. Moderators will maintain the trending topic for several days or weeks depending on its popularity. All these websites make it easier to locate relevant topics and keep people updated on recent issues. And, no, hashtags are still NOT relevant on Facebook.

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