Adding a hashtag to a photo doesn’t always mean it will be searchable, especially when Instagram bans hashtags.
According to the article “Instagram Expands Banned Hashtag List” by David Becker, an un-official list of banned hashtags on Instagram has been published. Instagram bans hashtags that are deemed too generic and those offer no value to users, and they have been entirely eliminated from the search feature. Offensive hashtags, profanity, and trademarked words like iPhone and Instagram have also been banned from the search. However, not all hashtags are intended for searching. Some people use hashtags to further express their thoughts and opinions.
Do you use hashtags for search capabilities? Would you continue to use a hashtag if you knew it was banned from search?
Read more about banned hashtags in an excerpt from the article.
In an ongoing effort to control the squirming beast that is social media, Instagram recently updated its service to ban even more hashtags.
Along with the expected attempts to make it just the teeniest little bit harder to find inappropriate content, the behind-the-scenes update also nixes hashtags it deems “unsearchable” because they are too generic and produce an unmanageable number of hits. Among these: