Hashtags on Google+

A hashtag is a word or a phrase (without spaces) preceded by the # symbol – for example, #Cooking – that helps people find and join conversations about a particular topic. Clicking on a hashtag will show related content.

Using hashtags in your posts

Use hashtags by typing them somewhere within the text of your post. Here are some examples:

  • “I've just learnt these great #VeganCooking tips.”
  • “#Mondays are the worst. #SleepDeprived #SoMuchToDo”

Hashtags you use in your Google+ posts may also appear at the top of your post as related hashtags.

Related hashtags

Hashtags appearing at the top of a post are related to the post’s content. Clicking on a hashtag will let you explore related posts.

Hashtags with grey colouring are those used by the author of the post while hashtags with blue colouring are added by Google based on the content of the post. Related hashtags help posts get discovered and build conversations around the content of that post.

Removing related hashtags from posts

To remove a specific related hashtag at the top of your post:

Move your cursor over the hashtag you want to remove, then click the X that appears. This action is only available on posts that you have written. Hashtags used in the text of your post will not be affected.

To opt out of having related hashtags from Google added to new posts you create:

Go to your Google+ Settings page and look under the section called “Hashtags”. Then, untick the box labelled “Add related hashtags from Google to my newly created posts”.

Note: Hashtags you use in your post will continue to be shown as related hashtags (indicated with grey colouring) at the top of new posts you create. To remove related hashtags from Google on your existing posts, please follow the instructions for removing individual hashtags above.

If you manage a Google+ page, make sure that you’re signed in as your page before updating your settings. Learn about how to manage your pages.