How to use the right hashtags on LinkedIn

Using the right hashtags can help extend the reach of your content on LinkedIn.

Have you ever wondered what kind of hashtags can get you maximum views and engagement on LinkedIn? Most users tend to create hashtags that they feel match the content of their posts. Little do they realize that hashtags are a recent phenomenon on LinkedIn and not all hashtags that are popular on Twitter or Facebook might be equally popular on LinkedIn. Moreover, hashtags on LinkedIn don’t necessarily work the way they do on other social media.

The hashtags you follow on LinkedIn are one of the parameters that determine the content of the feed on your LinkedIn homepage. But more often than not, users tend to use hashtags that they think are relevant to their content without realizing that the said hashtag might have very few followers on LinkedIn.

For example, if someone from the academic publishing industry uses the hashtag #academicpublishing in their posts, little do they realize that it has only 443 followers (at the time of writing this post)! This implies that unless someone actually searches for this hashtag on LinkedIn, your post might reach the feed of only these 443 followers.

Now, compare this to more generic hashtags such as #publishing (4,558,030 followers) or #research (460,733 followers), and you’ll realize how important it is to first do a bit of research on the hashtags you’re using on LinkedIn.

It’s highly recommended that you use the right hashtags along with your LinkedIn posts to enhance the reach of your content. LinkedIn has now also introduced the concept of hashtags for company pages. So, company page admins on LinkedIn can now associate their page with hashtags to listen in and respond to conversations about their brand and other relevant topics. Clicking on these associated hashtags from the company page allows users to interact with content related to that hashtag as a company (and not as an individual user). So, go ahead and start using the right hashtags for your postings on LinkedIn.

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One cool WhatsApp hack for voice notes

Voice notes on WhatsApp can be a really useful feature when you’re tired of typing or just don’t have the time to type. Yet, many people do not use this feature frequently simply because not everyone carries their earphones all the time and playing out some confidential voice notes in public could be embarrassing.

Now, imagine, you’re in a public place and have just received an important voice note on WhatsApp. But you don’t have your earphones or your Bluetooth handy. Fret not! There’s this very simple hack that you can use to ensure that you’re able to listen to the voice note in private!

Simply play the voice note and immediately hold the phone to your ear as you would do for a phone call. Viola! This will activate the proximity sensor and the WhatsApp voice note will begin playing on the built-in speaker as if you’re on a call. Thus, you can listen to the voice note in private!

What’s more! WhatsApp has announced the launch of one more new feature for communicating via voice messages. The new Consecutive Voice Message will enable users to listen to voice notes consecutively without having to tap on each voice note. Once you begin listening to a voice note, the next one will begin playing automatically. This can be very useful when you don’t have the time to type or are on the move and want to communicate quickly!