#Hashtags 101

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

I’VE GOT THE REMEDY FOR YOU

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.

What does your profile picture say about you?

Have you ever heard somebody yell out “New profile picture..NOW!” after a photo is taken? Usually those photos are hilarious, but much too incriminating to post on public networks.

Social media is a place to create the best, or worst, cyber version of yourself. So what does your profile picture say about you? Let’s discuss some common types of profile pictures and what they convey about the “real”, or social media version, you.

(Psst.. Don’t feel too bad. I have indulged in every type of profile picture and have included personal examples for each).

Solo Selfie: “Look at me everybody!” This can be good or bad. Maybe you really are that interesting. In which case we’re jealous. However, if accompanied by more than 3 posts a day detailing your every encounter (from how you took your morning coffee to what the traffic was like on your way home from work), then consider one of the following options instead to avoid an inflated ego.

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Duo Selfie: A headshot of you and a friend or pet with a rad filter, great angles and kissy faces goes a long way. Even though you have to share the spotlight, you still have an opportunity to shine. Whether you’re twinning, winning or simply just best friends for life, the possibilities here are endless.

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Group Shot:  A fun photo of you and some friends can make you seem social, fun and popular. It gets sticky with the setting. Is this a photo of you and your friends post marathon? Or you and your bros in the club, ten shots deep. These photos walk a fine line between making you look like the life of the party, or the last person to leave the party..yuck!

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Non-Human: This type of profile picture is one of mystery. Do you love your cat that much? Does your dog really have the cutest face ever? Is your picture an inside joke with friends or are you hiding something? Mystery can be good, unless it creeps people out.

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Non-Selfie Solo: Use body language, setting and props to portray the most awesome you ever. You in a cap and gown, smart. In front of a Mercedes Benz, rich. In Mexico with a margarita in hand, drunk. All you need is a patient friend to snap at least 50 variations of this photo so you can scroll, edit and delete your way down to that perfect profile picture.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which profile pic style you choose, as long as you let your inner awesome shine! As the great Dr.Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”.

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#pbQuotes Winners

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #pbQuotes contest. Here are our favorites out of the many awesome submissions.

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Congratulations — you will receive a free Plus 100 account for a year. Log on to Photobucket to check out all the awesome features that come with it.

Stay tuned for our next contest!

#pbMobile Contest Winners

Thank you for all of the awesome submissions to our #pbMobile contest. We appreciate your efforts in the fight to cure Selfieitis. We deliberated and narrowed it down to our three favorite non-selfieish entries.

The Winners!

1. Coco the Cat

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2. Sunset Sunglasses

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3. The Perfect Pitch Pup

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Congratulations to our winners who will be receiving a 16×20 canvas print!

Learn how to enter our next contest, #pbQuotes, here.

#pbQuotes Photo Contest

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Photo Contest: #pbQuotes
Its a new year and Spring is right around the corner. Where will your fresh start lead you? Are you on the road to amazing travels or walking a path to discover new things around you? Share your journey with a photo and the words of wisdom that paved the way.

How to enter:

  1. Dig up or shoot an unforgettable travel photo
  2. Add your favorite quote using the Photobucket editor
  3. Share it on Instagram, Twitter or Photobucket using the hashtag #pbQuotes

See what others are submitting.

Get to know the Photobucket editor with these helpful tutorials.

Easy Photo Editor

See the winners of last month’s #pbMobile contest here.

In the news: Photobucket Consolidates Social Shares

Photobucket consolidates social shares into custom hashtag albums.

“Photobucket recently unveiled a new feature that consolidates social media sharing…Photos uploaded by anyone on Twitter, Instagram, or Photobucket will be added to a Photobucket album — so long as the images have a custom hashtag attached.”

Read the full article.

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By: Elizabeth Harper (Sprout Social Insights)

Back Dat App Up — Auto Backup for Mobile

If you don’t have it already, here’s a link to the app for iOS users, and for Android users.

Question: What do all of these have in common?

  • Toilets
  • Rainy days
  • Toasters
  • Deep fryers
  • Cups of water
  • Cups of green beer
  • Gravity
  • Black holes

Answer: Thaaat’s riiight. Each one of these things desperately want to destroy that shiny smart phone of yours, as well as the cherished memories stored within.

As much as we’d like to have it, there is no galactic forecast that can warn us of incoming black holes, so stop dreaming. Practicing caution, on the other hand, is a freely available resource. Let’s set up that Photobucket app to automatically back up your photos and videos, and do it before it’s crushed into an infinitesimally small singularity, or fried into a delicious snack.

BACK DAT APP UP

If you’re a first time Photobucket app user, you’ll be prompted right away to turn auto backup on. Let’s say you’ve already chosen to disable auto backup, but the prospect of terrifying black holes has changed your mind. No worries, it’s easy to turn it back on!

Fire up the app, then hit the menu icon  in the top corner. For iOS users, tap Backup, then tap Enable. Only the wording is different on Android – tap the menu icon, then tap Backup, then tap Start Auto Backup.

That’s it! You did it! For iOS users, head over here for more info on your auto backup options (wi-fi only, default album, etc.). Android users, click here.

Well done, be not afraid of losing your images! Now go out into that big world of infinite possibilities, grab it by the shirt collar, and live.

Upload to Album – It’s a Snap!

At Photobucket, we continually strive to have the best photo album experience on the web. Over the coming weeks, we will bring new functionality to your album pages on the website, making it easier to upload, manage, view and share your photo albums.

We recently launched a new, straight forward way to upload directly into your album of choice while viewing that album. Just look for this new uploading hot spot:

Upload Hotspot

 You can start uploading by following these simple steps.

  1. Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to.

  2. Drag images and videos from your desktop directly into the album.Drag to Album

  3. You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.Open File Browser

  4. Voila! Your upload should begin.

You can browse your library while photos are uploading without interrupting the process.  The upload progress bar at the bottom of the page allows you to monitor your uploads and quickly access newly added photos.

Once the upload is complete, we’ll arrange the photos into your album based on your organization preferences.

More exciting album updates are on the way!

Something specific you’d like to see? Let us know your album wish-list in the comments below.

 

 

Photo Editor Overview

Edit your photos like a pro using Photobucket’s enhanced photo editor. Our easy to use tools help you personalize your memories and add that extra flare that make your photos stand out.

At the top of the page, select the edit tab.

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That will bring up a window with thumbnail views of your images. Here you have the option to edit photos from Your Bucket or from your Albums. Browse through your photos, and when you find the image you would like to edit, click on the thumbnail.

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After you have selected a thumbnail image to edit, that image will be opened in the editor. Once in the editor, you can select a variety of editing options such as Resize, Effects and Contrast.

Edit Photos

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Use the text editing option to add a motivational quote or inspiration to your photo.

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Be sure to check out the stickers editing feature, an easy way to add flare and originality to your photos.

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This edit was made using our March sticker pack which features travel and St. Patrick’s day stickers. Stickers are updated monthly and change with holidays and seasons.

Edit Photos

Did you know?… you can edit photos on the go in our mobile app! View more editing tutorials to learn about other fun features or log in now to play in our editor and discover the endless possibilities in personalizing your photos.