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Hashtags In Titles?

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If you’ve been following my blog you’ve notice that I’ve recently started putting hashtags in parenthesis in my post titles.    Why they heck would I clutter up my post titles with that bit of ugly?  The simple answer is that I am using Jetpack to help “socialize” my blog on Charleston Software Asssociates.

Jetpack will automatically publish your WordPress blog posts to Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and Tumblr.    It is a great way to keep followers at those social network sites updated on what is going on without  having to login and post at each site.  Jetpack takes care of that for you.   I also like the fact that it keeps my blog posts in sync with my social media.  Less work and a consistent message.   A winner.

CSA Posts On FaceBook
CSA Posts On FaceBook

It also turns out that I’ve been seeing a lot more posts on Facebook lately with the hashtags listed.    They are now automatically hot-linked to a summary of any-and-all posts made by other people that referenced the same hashtag.   Yes, this can lead to a lot of garbage posts in the hashtag thread.   However there is a lot of good content in there as well and it makes for a great tool to discover new things.    Like other people you’ve never met discovering the blog posts you just wrote.

WordPress Hashtag on FaceBook
WordPress Hashtag on FaceBook

So how do you get hashtags in your auto-generated Jetpack listings at Facebook and Twitter?   Easy.  Put a typical #<tag> hashtag reference in your page title.    Sorry, Linked In is a bit behind the curve here… no direct hashtag support there. Yet.

I made the mistake on my first couple of test posts.  I used hashtags directly in the title itself.   Works great, but it clutters my blog directory and listings.  It also looks ugly.     Turns out Jetpack has a “Custom Message” setting that hides, somewhat discretely, over in the “Publicize” section of the Publish panel.

Expand the Custom Message and it should show your initial title that you entered when creating the post.    Add your hashtags there and, I am making a big assumption here, it will publish the message that you entered there as the content on the Facebook and Twitter sites along with a link to the original article with a hashtag-less title.   The best of both worlds.

Not using WordPress and Jetpack to manage your blog and social media yet?  You may want to check it out.   WordPress is a juggernaut that will be hard to stop in the online publishing space.

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Facebook Followers – What You Missed..

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For those of you following the latest CSA news via my Facebook page, a glitch in the connection between JetPack and Facebook prevented the news over the past few weeks from being posted.

Here is what you missed…

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New Icon Pack : Maki Simple Icons

By  • June 4, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

I stumbled across a set of open source icons that will make a good base set for map markers. I may use these on custom projects by combining them with bubble style pins to create a multitude of custom color map markers. In the meantime I’ve created a simple icon set you can add to […]

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Daily Update : Woocommerce Plugins + SLP Updates

By  • June 4, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

It has been a crazy couple of weeks between multiple coding projects, private consults, and the school year-end mayhem on the home front.   Here is what I’ve been working on when I’ve found some free coding time. Woocommerce Premium Plugin System My primary focus has been on this project. Work continues on my WooCommerce add-on […]

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Store Locator Plus 3.11.4 Released

By  • June 4, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

Store Locator Plus 3.11.4 was released today. The primary patch in this release is getting the Store Locator Plus themes working again.    The other patches are minor tweaks that further reduce the memory footprint when the plugin is running.  The Store Locator Plus plugin themes were moved from the Pro Pack into the base plugin […]

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Store Locator Plus 3.11.3 / Pro Pack 3.11.2

By  • June 3, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

Store Locator Plus 3.11.3 and Store Locator Plus Pro Pack 3.11.2 were released today. Store Locator Plus Version 3.11.3 Enhancement: Remove some defunct code and scripts. Fix: Editing locations on page 2+ on manage locations was restarting at first page. Pro Pack Version 3.11.2 Enhancement: Update i18n/l10n language constants for better language file support. Enhancement: […]

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PlugIntelligence Updated

By  • May 31, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

PlugIntelligence was updated to version 0.3 to add an easy on/off switch for the WordPress plugin filter system.     Prior versions required you to disable the plugin if you wanted to disable the plugin listing filters implemented by PlugIntelligence. About PlugIntelligence After years of searching through thousands of WordPress plugins, trying to sort out the […]

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Wall of Shame : Point Immatriculation, Saisson France

By  • May 30, 2013 • blogPayment Processing • Leave a comment { Edit }

Sadly I have another addition to make to my customer “Wall of Shame”. Newest Wall of Shame Addition Point Immatriculation Marteau claims that their PayPal account, which is still active, was used fraudulently and that the purchases they made at CSA were not authorized. Interesting that they claim fraud yet their site is using Store […]

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WooCommerce Downloads Dev Cheat Sheet

By  • May 29, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

While writing my WooCommerce Premium Plugin System (Woops) I was having issues finding simple documentation on the hooks and filters I needed to build my plugin.  This is where I’ve stored my “working papers”.  The cheat sheet and notes about the stuff I need to remember or want to track while building the plugin.   […]

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Daily Update : Store Locator Plus 3.11.3 / Pro Pack 3.11.2 Betas

By  • May 28, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

The beta versions of Store Locator Plus and Pro Pack have been released to the beta testing community.    If you want to get a copy of pre-release software for testing you need to sign up for the Beta Test Mailing List.    The anticipated release date, assuming testing goes well, is next Monday, June […]

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Daily Update : Store Locator Plus 3.11.2

By  • May 27, 2013 • blogPluginsWordPress • Leave a comment { Edit }

Store Locator Plus 3.11.2 Store Locator Plus 3.11.2 was released today with a minor patch and a new feature. Default CSS The default css was updated to add more specific rules to help the layout work with more WordPress themes. Initial Radius The SLPLUS shortcode was updated to add an “initial_radius” option.   You can […]

What is JetPack?

JetPack is a plugin from one of the core contributors to WordPress, Automattic, that provides a myriad of free and premium add-on options to WordPress.    In addition to the great VaultPress backup system (premium) it also provides some great social media tools including automated publishing of posts summaries to Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Tumblr as well as the share and like icons you see on many sites.
Unfortunately sometimes things go wrong and somehow JetPack or Facebook (more likely) forgot about the link between my blog and CSA page on Facebook.    Hopefully it stays fixed for a while.