Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags

You might hear us telling Lions to use hashtags when posting pictures and stories of service activities on Facebook and Twitter, but what exactly is a hashtag and how do they work? Here’s a basic rundown:

What is a Hashtag?

hash·tag
ˈhaSHtag/
noun
(on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.

When you add #LionsClub to a message on Twitter or Facebook, you’re essentially joining a conversation. People on Twitter and Facebook can search for a specific hashtag, and your message will show up in those search results. Your hashtag is letting everyone know the great things that your Lions club is doing for the community.

Using Lions Hashtags

There is a handful of hashtags that we use in our social media communications, and we encourage Lions to use them, as well. Pick one or two hashtags under which your message falls; for example, if you’re posting a photo of a recent diabetes activity, add #LionsFightDiabetes to the end of your message. Or if you’re sharing photos from your convention experience, use #LCICon. For more general posts — perhaps a simple photo of members at a local food pantry or library event — use #LionsClub.

Suggested Lions Hashtags (this list is not comprehensive)

For general club- and service-related posts:
#LionsClub
#LeoClub
#LionsEverywhere
#WeServe
#KindnessMatters
For international Lions events:
#LCICon
#LDUN
For program-related posts:
#LionsYouthExchange or #LionsCamp
#LionsFightDiabetes
#PeacePoster
#SightForKids
For LCIF Campaign 100:
#BE100

Share Your Stories

Hashtags also help us share your stories with Lions everywhere. We’ll often search for Lions hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and post the stories on our official social media channels. Take pride in your service and help us share your story! #WeServe!

2 Comments on “Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags

  1. I just posted this to Our district Official Facebook Fan Page, so District Lions can also use this in future.

    Rajesh Bhatia

    District Chairperson IT

    District 321-A2

    https://www.facebook.com/321A2