Twitter might have started and popularized the hash tag, but many sites utilize them, to varying degrees of success.
Take, for example, the photo sharing app Instagram. I have a love/hate relationship with hash tags on this app. The more hastags I add to my photos, the more attention that photo gets. It can be a difference of 30 or more likes if I pile on the hash tags.
However, if I do load up the caption box with tags, fellow users tend to think I am being pretentious or even ridiculous.
I have heard a few of my friends talk about this issue a couple of times and can only imagine what they would have said if I was not in the room. I understand where they are coming from. Seeing lines of hash tags below a photo does tend to look like a cry for attention or just a mess.
So how do users get their photos more attention? I have been trying different approaches and strategies to get my photos more likes and get me more followers and will submit my report soon.
For now, all I can ask is for you to check out my account @sugarcursed and like the photos that appeal to you and I will do the same.
Fortunately, other sites have found ways of incorporating hasth tags into posts in ways that are not so in the reader's face. This site, blogger, is a good example. Bloggers add labels to their posts in a separate box from the body, using commas to separate each lable. In this way, the posts can be indexed with the tags without them being so obvious.