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TAGS: The How & Why

Hashtag this, hashtag that – you’re seeing them everywhere: on the morning news, on your favorite restaurant’s menu, even at your dentist’s office. HashTAGS are everywhere. And if you’re not using them, you’re missing out!

So, what exactly are hashtags, and why should you be using them? Well, literally, a hashtag is the pound (#) symbol, which is located on the 3 key on the standard American keyboard. Though, if you are like most Americans in 2014, you are using not using a keyboard. You’re using a mobile device. You will also find the hashtag symbol with your other symbols on any mobile device.


A tag is used to identify someone or something as being part of a specific group. Clothing stores may tag all clearance items with a yellow dot. Internet tags have the exact same concept. The HASHtag originated on Twitter as a method to identify groups and topics. When you type the hashtag symbol (#) in front of a word on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and numerous other social networking sites, the word turns into a link. If that link is clicked, you will see all the other posts on that social networking site related to that specific post. Hashtags are a way to create connections.

FIND and other blogging-based sites also use tags. However, a hashtag is not required to create a link. On FIND, you are able to add multiple tags to a blog post, video, or photo by separating tags with commas. If there is more than one word in a tag, you MUST use quotes (Example: “iowa department of education”). Otherwise, FIND will tag each word separately. You may also include the hashtag version of the tag as well, though it is not required.

Tags are also useful when someone is searching the site for a specific topic, so it’s important to include as many tags as possible. When tagging a post, think: If I were searching for this post, what search terms would I use? What are the overarching subjects of my post?     

Tags you might consider using on FIND:

  • transition
  • iep
  • 504
  • behavior
  • bullying
  • idea 
  • health
  • extracurricular
  • advocacy
  • “assistive technology”
  • accessibility
  • education

*Note: Tags on FIND are case sensitive. 

UPDATE: We are asking that you only use LOWERCASE tags on FIND. This will help us keep our tags consistent to making searching for topics easier.

These are just some suggestions. You may find that your post does not fall into any of these categories. Use your best judgment when using hashtags. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to private message FIND Support or email

Also, make sure to use the hashtag #findfamilies when talking about FIND on other social networking sites to spread the word about FIND

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