Are You Using #Hashtags in your Facebook Posts?

Facebook Hashtags

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It was only a matter of time. Twitter was the first to use them; LinkedIn, Google+, and nearly every other social media outlet soon followed suit, and now Facebook has jumped aboard the #hashtags bandwagon as well.

Hashtags should be a part of your social media plan. If you’re already using them in your Twitter and LinkedIn posts, the transition should be easy and smooth for you. Just add the same hashtags.

Never used hashtags? It’s easy.

Think of hashtags as keywords. They provide a way to connect you with others who are talking about that same topic. For instance, if you are writing about the Pittsburgh Marathon, at the end or in the middle of your post, add #PittsburghMarathon (i.e. Great workout today—ran ten miles. Preparing for next year’s #PittsburghMarathon.) Writing about the #Steelers, #Penguins, or #Pirates? I think you get the point. Once you tag a word or phrase with a hashtag, it automatically becomes a clickable link. So you can click on that hashtag to see a feed of posts by others who are talking about the same topic on Facebook.

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Facebook…or Face Time?: Why Business Relationships Take More Than Texting, Friending, and Online “Connecting”

Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey

Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey

It’s official: Email, texting, and social media are no longer just helpful supplemental business tools. They’ve taken over the whole game. Yes, technology has made many aspects of modern living more convenient and “connected,” but the pendulum has swung too far. Now, people are reluctant to do something as simple as picking up the phone, preferring to shoot off an email instead. And face-to-face meetings—well, they’re almost unheard of.

This “technology takeover” is not without consequence, says Michael Houlihan. Misunderstandings abound. Relationships stagnate. Trust is at an all-time low. And all of these issues are at least partially due to the fact that genuine human connections have been replaced by mouse-clicks and keystrokes.

“Social media and technology do have their place, but they are not, and never will be, a substitute for in-person interaction,” confirms Houlihan, coauthor along with Bonnie Harvey of The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand (coming in May 2013 from Evolve Publishing)

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Seven Facts to Breathe Life into Your Business

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How can I avoid some common grammatical mistakes?

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10 Top Ways to Win Using Pinterest for Business

Karen Leland

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that allows users to create a visual, online pinboard with images they love organized around topics of their choice by category. It’s the fastest growing social media site in history, the third-largest network … [Continue reading]

5 Elements of a Successful Blog Post

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If you maintain a blog or thinking of starting one for your organization, there are five main characteristics that each of your blog posts should contain if you want to get your point across and generate some attention. We’ll explore each of these … [Continue reading]