Late to the party, YouTube finally adds hashtags to its platform
When you’re using YouTube on Android or the web, you’re going to notice something completely different, and yet familiar. The video platform is now allowing uploaders to include hashtags to their descriptions and video titles. In doing so, it should soon get easier to find content on the site.
Hashtags, of course, have long been embraced by Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Until now, however, they have been absent from YouTube. Like elsewhere on the internet, when clicked, YouTube hashtags will show you a results page with other videos that also use the tag.
In a new support page first noted by Android Police, Google maps out the rules behind the new feature. Specifically, it prohibits creators from adding misleading tags or adding ones that are meant to harass or humiliate a group or individual. Hashtags that promote anything that’s sexual or violent are also prohibited. YouTube notes it will pull down videos that violate those policies.
To use hashtags to find videos you can either search the site for a hashtag or click on a hashtag in a video title, above a video title, or in the video description.
To add hashtags to your videos, enter a hashtag in the video’s title or description. For example, #knowtechie or #youtube.
Google hasn’t announced whether hashtag support will also arrive on YouTube for iOS, although I would expect it to at some point in the near future.
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