How to Use a Hashtag on Facebook: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use a Hashtag on Facebook: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Use a Hashtag on Facebook: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Including hashtags in your Facebook posts makes your content easier to find when it's searched by other users who share similar interests. Hashtags on Facebook work in much the same way as on Twitter, and when clicked takes you to a feed of public posts that contain the same hashtag. The hashtag feature is now accessible to most Facebook users and will appear as clickable links in your timeline and on Facebook.


Part 1 of 2: Using hashtags on Facebook

Hashtag on Facebook Step 1

Step 1. Log in to the Facebook website

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Step 2. Click the 'Home' link in the top right corner to access your Facebook profile

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Step 3. Type your message in the 'Update status' field

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Step #4. Type a '#' sign followed by the subject or phrase you want to add to your message

All words in the sentence should be written as one word, such as "#ILoveWikiHow".

Hashtags can contain numbers and letters, but do not support punctuation such as commas, exclamation marks, asterisks, etc

Hashtag on Facebook Step 5

Step 5. Optional:

Consider making your post public if you want people not on your friends list to find the hashtag.

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Step 6. Click 'Post' after you finish typing your post and hashtag

The hashtag you created will now appear as a clickable link, allowing you and other Facebook users to search for related posts on Facebook.

Part 2 of 2: Using hashtags the right way

Hashtag on Facebook Step 7

Step 1. Use hashtags that are relevant to your posts

The purpose of using hashtags is to connect with other users who share similar interests. If you post hashtags that aren't up for discussion just to get more attention, other users could spam your content.

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Step 2. Be as specific as possible when using certain hashtags

This helps other users narrow their search when looking for users with similar interests. For example, if you're posting an update on basketball, use hashtags like "#basketball" or "#NBA" instead of a vague or generic hashtag like "sports."

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Step 3. Use hashtags that are currently popular as hot topics

After you click on a hashtag within Facebook, a list of trending hashtags will appear on the right. Using trending hashtags in your posts generates more exposure for your content.

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Step 4. Develop your own unique hashtag to stand out from other users

If you have a special unique interest or manage the Facebook account for your business or organization, you can develop a hashtag that is unique to your business or industry and stands out from your competitors.


  • If you want to generate more activity for your Facebook page or profile, develop a unique hashtag and provide an incentive for other users who post updates with that specific hashtag. This practice can be especially useful for businesses or companies that offer special promotions.
  • Include hashtags in your posts when using Facebook on your mobile device to increase your reach. Hashtags are usable in a slightly different format on mobile devices; you can respond to that too!
  • Use the search function on Facebook to find content that interests you based on hashtags. For example, to search for Olympic Games posts and updates, type "#olympic games" in the search field.
  • If you use hashtags that contain multiple words, capitalize the first letter of each word to make the sentence easier to read. For example: "#WikiHowSavedMyLife. '


  • Try not to use more than 2 or 3 hashtags in each Facebook post. Overuse of hashtags can seem like spam to most users, especially if you're trying to promote yourself or your business.
  • Avoid using hashtags that annoy people like #nofilter, #nomakeup and so on.

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