4

Official Google Search operators page has entries:

@ Find social tags
Example: @agoogler

# Find popular hashtags for trending topics
Example: #throwbackthursday

What is the difference between social tags and hashtags?

How should I structure page and URL in order to page be recognized having social tag and hashtag?

5

When you use @, you are directing what you are writing to a person or thing.

When you use #, you are directing what you are writing to a topic.

Many people get this wrong, including one specific client of mine who, every year, I have to jump on them for using the @ tag for everything they write.

If you want to speak to everyone that likes butterflies, it's #butterflies, otherwise you are speaking to one thing, likely socially to a person, @butterflies.

  • Thanks for answer! So social/hash tags are just plain prefixed text and do not require special HTML markup? As I start to understand that texts are filled in social media forms and so may not contain HTML, but usually sites wraps tags with link when processing markup. – gavenkoa Sep 11 '16 at 5:19
  • Who makes these "rules"? That distinction is so technical that I can't imagine my grandmother learning it. – Stephen Ostermiller Sep 11 '16 at 18:59
  • @StephenOstermiller I DO! And if you don't like it .... :) Everything I know about it I learned from Twitter. Whether they are the originator of it, I don't know. btw, notice the @ in this comment. – Rob Sep 11 '16 at 19:15
  • I would much rather be able to say "Rob: here is what I think of that" than have to use the @ in front of your name. Actually, either way should probably work. Also bare names without any symbol. – Stephen Ostermiller Sep 11 '16 at 19:21
  • @StephenOstermiller Then how do you identify a bare name you are addressing and trying to message? Then every name you use gets a message. And how do you identify what is a name and what isn't? – Rob Sep 11 '16 at 19:23
2

@ refers to users or accounts. Like here on stackexchange @gavenkoa would refer to your account. That helps the machine understand that the specific user has been referred to and can act on it (like send you a notification).

# refers to topics. If I write #gavenkoa, the machine (in this case google or any script that identifies hashtags) would classify the text along with #gavenkoa as a piece of string relating to the topic #gavenkoa. It does not specify that gavenkoa is a username.

So to put it in an example,

@gavenkoa, I hope your answer about #SocialTags and #Hashtags is answered.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.