#Hashtags 101

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Feature Updates | 12 Comments

Jokes starting to fall flat these days? Are likes on your Instagram as elusive as parental love? Feeling a bit less relevant all around?


Check out this overview on hashtags and you’ll be able to #wtf, #yolo, and #lol in no time! Your jokes will find relevance again, your Instagram will be flooded with likes, and you’ll #wreckingball right back into your parents’ loving arms!

What is a #Hashtag?

A hashtag is just about any word or phrase with the ‘#’ symbol immediately in front of it (no spaces or special characters), turning that word into a clickable link. A hashtag is essentially a way of categorizing a status update, tweet, image, or whatever you’re posting online. Think of it as a quick and easy way to file your social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) interactions away into different categories.

For example, let’s say your Facebook status looks a little like this: “I wish I had real friends who wouldn’t skip all of my interpretive dance shows. #sad”

This status is now “categorized” as, or tagged with, #sad, and the hashtag has now become a clickable link. If you were to click on that hashtag, or search for ‘#sad’, you’d be taken to a page displaying all other people who have also used the #sad hashtag.

You could also add multiple hashtags to gain more attention, or to make a point, to enter a contest, whatever! For example, let’s say I’ve turned my attitude around, and I want as many people as possible to attend my next event:

“Come watch my interpretive dance routine tonight, re-envisioning what it means to be a #vegan in a post-industrial society! #art #dance #denver #PETA #iloveyoudad #TGIF”

Get it? So ideally, anyone searching those tags will see your post, and be blown away by a synergetic explosion of modern art and academia – thus blowing up your likes on Facebook, Instagram, and the like!

#Hashtags + Photobucket

So what does this have to do with Photobucket? Well, you can utilize hashtags on Photobucket in two pretty swanky ways.

Claim Your Personalized Hashtag

If you missed it, Photobucket users can claim their own personalized hashtag on Photobucket. Adding your personalized hashtag to new Twitter or Instagram posts will automagically transfer the image and description into your Photobucket account.

Actually, anyone can use your custom hashtag. There’s a lot of great uses for this. For example, let’s say you’re throwing your hotly anticipated Epic Annual Holiday Bash 2014. Let your friends know that you’ve claimed the custom hashtag #pbEpicHolidayBash14, and that they should tag their posts with it. At the end of a raucous night, or more likely sometime the next afternoon, you can peruse an album full of #pbEpicHolidayBash14 memories shared by you and your friends.

Enter Photobucket #Hashtag Contests

We also hold regular #hashtag contests, which you may have seen in some of our emails (provided you weren’t too hasty in deleting them). You don’t have to have a custom hashtag to participate in these contests. Simply add the hashtag, called out in the email, to your Instagram posts or Tweets. This will enter your image into the contest as well as pull the image into the contest album. If you’d like to enter an image already within your Photobucket account, just add the hashtag to either the title or description.

I hope you learned some important stuff today. I know I sure did, like the hashtag #yolo is often used by those who are not actually taking advantage of the fact that #yolo.


  1. browniez
    June 19, 2014

    Hi PB thanks so much 4 ya great ellaboration about this hashtag stuff…been thinking about it so much on how 2 make use of it ima status&chats,wat a great day I’ve had knowing how 2 use it,can anyone here explain 2 me d meaning of #wtf?

  2. Necitas N. Nekoodast
    May 27, 2014

    A comprehensive and useful explanation indeed! I often wondered what on earth a hashtag was. Now, I know. Thanks Photobucket! You’ve added to my knowledge. I’m 64 and some people think, I have gone rusty! On the contrary, I am still quite sharp.

  3. Martin J.
    May 27, 2014

    Thanks for the good, clear explanation. It has made clear to me what I already suspected: that I need hashtags about as much as I need an ashtray on my motorcycle, but it’s great to have the explanation 🙂

  4. Pimpis
    May 26, 2014

    How are they different from just normal tags, like just words without wicked symbol # crap, which were a thing since pictures on the internet?

  5. MaryAnn
    May 24, 2014

    Thanks PB for this information on hashtags! I thought I was the only person on the planet who didn’t have one or know how to use one… One question though, what is a #yolo???

    • Calista Whitewolf
      June 7, 2014

      Wow! I’ve been hearing about this around school and I was SO confused, but too embarrassed to ask. I don’t have a Twitter, so maybe that’s why I only heard it around school, because the other students probably do have it. Thanks, PB, for saving me some embarrassment!

      P.S. About your comment, MaryAnn, my thoughts exactly! Except, yolo stands for You Only Live Once, so it’s supposed to be something cool, I guess (whatev). hope this cleared up your confusion a little!

  6. Kathleen S
    May 24, 2014

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Sometimes all the new tech stuff is just too much to learn. I will definitely use this in my business #realtor, #realestate!!!

  7. Hiram Rodriguez
    May 24, 2014

    Good talk! This is the best explanation I have seen to date on this mysterious hashtag thing every one has been talking about.

  8. Richard Dela Cruz
    May 22, 2014

    Great explanation on everythnig related to Hashtags Thank you.

  9. Robin
    May 22, 2014

    I have been meaning to google #Hashtag and your email showed up in my #inbox. What a great explaination #PhotoBucket. Now I know what happens when I use the hashtag.

  10. Michael J.S.
    May 21, 2014

    Thanks for the clarification. My hunches were correct in context but the detail you’ve added allows me to step up my utilization with clearer focus. Again, thanks.

  11. Annie Stratton
    April 25, 2014

    Well, I *thought* I understood how hashtags work. I am not a twitter user, so didn’t think much about them. Clearly I did not get how they are used on Photobucket. Will be rethinking this. After reading this blog post, I can see lots of ways I can use hashtags w/o having a cell phone.