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Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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How to Use Hashtags on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Posted by @DanHinmon, Feb 9, 2016

Great refresher for #hashtags – but with some surprising detail. My bet is you’ll find at least one new use for hashtags in this article.

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Megan Rowe
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Posted by @MeganRowe, Feb 10, 2016

Thanks Dan. One of our departmental social media managers was asking me recently about hashtags. I’ll share this with her.

I was disappointed, though, that Hubspot didn’t address the trend of turning basically anything you want into a hashtag, especially on Facebook, as in #ICanHashtagAnythingIFeelLike or #DontReallyUnderstandHashtags.


Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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Posted by @DanHinmon, Feb 10, 2016

That was definitely left out, @MeganRowe, as long as one other that I’ve noticed. On Instagram people go #hashtag crazy, posting a dozen or more hashtags with a photo. Many of those are like the hashtags you mention – a string of words meant to be humorous or informative but nothing you would ever search for.

I think clever or humorous hashtags are especially challenging in healthcare. We live in such a serious world, it’s difficult to know when something I think is funny or witty may seem insensitive or thoughtless to patients or their family. We may miss opportunities to connect, but I think most of us err on the side of caution.

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