Following Twitter’s footsteps of searching hashtags and staying connected with hobbies, passions and communities, Instagram today launched a similar feature for its users.Instagram is giving users a new way to curate their social media feeds.
Instagram photos are typically hashtagged with any number of descriptions (#blessed, #winning, #sunset, to name only a few), which users can discover through Instagram’s “explore section” or by clicking on the hashtagged word in the app.
The new feature lets users follow hashtags that interest them, the way they would follow a user profile. The feature provides users with a tool to curate their feeds according to their interests and explore engaging content.
Following a hashtag is just like following a friend. To get started, search for a topic you are interested in or tap on a hashtag from any post.
You will see relevant hashtags displayed in the search results along with related accounts.When you find a hashtag you like, open the hashtag page and tap on the follow button. You’ll begin seeing top posts from that hashtag in your feed and some of the latest stories in your stories bar. You can always unfollow a hashtag at any time.
Similar to people you follow, hashtags you follow respect your privacy settings. If you set your account to private, the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers.