This is all new to me. Could you give me an example of how they are supposed to be used.
I do promoted posts every day. Am I supposed to just add them at the end like on Twitter? How do multi-word hashtags work? Do you need commas?
#pink widgets or #pink-widgets or #pink #widgets ?
The hashtags are easy. Just use them as you would with twitter, all one word.
Using a lot of them will look very spammy, imho, so i'd suggest choose carefully, and use sparingly, unless you don't mind looking spammy.
"I do promoted posts every day. Am I supposed to just add them at the end like on Twitter? How do multi-word hashtags work? Do you need commas?"
You don`t need commas.) #pink_widgets
Try to use hashtags inside your text and limit them with 2 (or 4 if the text is large. Try to make them less annoing for users.
I plea ignorance of the whole concept: where exactly would people see posts marked with hashtags? Only in "search for people, places and things"? Does anyone still search for people given that everyone's got hundreds of FB acquaintances already and new people are suggested to you every day. And, since it's Facebook, why would you search for things (or anything other than people for that matter)?
Anyone sees any traffic from this?
yes got about 4 natural fan page likes this week doing it:)
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Yes Facebook hashtag is very useful to find the particular topic through hashtag it also used in twitter.
One thing I would love to know about those hashtags is this: what makes a post with a hashtag appear on the actual FB page for that hashtag. Not every post that contains a hashtag #example appears on the https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/example page, that much I know. Also, the posts that do appear, sometimes show up 20+ minutes after they were posted, and then they are gone from that page after some random time on it, not necessarily only after being pushed down by newer posts.
So, this all looks like a very unpredictable system. Does anyone have an idea about how FB picks posts to show for that hashtag?
One thing to consider is using the same hashtag too often or on too many posts. I've had a problem with that looking spammy on Twitter, so it's probably safe to say it would look spammy on FB too.
bit confused here, if i go to that url it redirects to my home page.
Try using The Hashtag, which is #...or the pound sign;-)
While the octothorp prefixed hash tags are definitely invaluable for trend analysis they have a huge problem in that human error (typos) can render it immediately useless.