Facebook-owned image and video sharing platform Instagram on Tuesday launched a feature that allows users to search for hashtags and also stay connected with hobbies, passions, and communities – making their interests more discoverable.
“Everyday, millions of people share photos and videos and tag them with relevant hashtags. #onthetable, #slime and #floralnails are just a few examples of hashtags that represent the many interests and passions of our community. To make these posts even more discoverable, we’re introducing hashtags you can follow,” Instagram writes in a blog post.
To get started, make sure you have the latest Instagram app downloaded to your phone, then 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 and 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.
Users can also check the hashtags other people follow, in their profiles. 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.