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Threads now has its own version of hashtags

Meta’s Threads now has its own version of hashtags.

Meta calls this new feature “topic tags”, emphasizing its difference from hashtags by prioritizing community focus. Topic tags are now accessible to all users worldwide to enhance search functionality within the app.

Why we care. While ads are not currently available on Threads (though they are coming soon), marketers can still engage with users and enhance brand awareness by creating profiles and generating organic traffic. The use of topic tags simplifies the process for users to discover your posts and engage with your brand.

How topic tags work. Topic tags have some fundamental differences to hashtags, which are offered on its sister platform Instagram:

  • As topic tags are not hashtags, brands will not be required to add the “#” symbol when adding tags.
  • Topic tags support phrases with spaces.
  • Topic tags support special characters.
  • Only one tag is permitted per post.

Why topic tags? Threads is working to enhance the quality of its communities by introducing a new tagging approach, moving away from engagement hacking. Meta is confident that the introduction of topic tags will contribute to this goal while maintaining a user-friendly platform.

What Threads is saying. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said on Threads:

  • “If you share on Threads, this is a great way to connect with people who are interested in the topics that you are taking about.”
  • “For everyone, it’s a great way to dive deeper into your interests. This is just one step on a much longer path to building a space that really fosters healthy conversation.”

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Deep dive. Read Search Engine Land’s Threads FAQ guide for more information on how the platform works and the benefits it has for advertisers.

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Nicola Agius

Nicola Agius is Paid Media Editor of Search Engine Land after joining in 2023. She covers paid search, paid social, retail media and more. Prior to this, she was SEO Director at Jungle Creations (2020-2023), overseeing the company’s editorial strategy for multiple websites. She has over 15 years of experience in journalism and has previously worked at OK! Magazine (2010-2014), Mail Online (2014-2015), Mirror (2015-2017), Digital Spy (2017-2018) and The Sun (2018-2020). She also previously teamed up with SEO agency Blue Array to co-author Amazon bestselling book Mastering In-House SEO.

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