Social media users often categorize their posts by using hashtags, which are words prefixed with a hash (#) sign. These subject tags can be searched on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr, and Tumblr to find information about a given topic. For example, #ldsconf is a hashtag commonly used when sharing information about LDS General Conference. #LDS and #Mormon are common hashtags for general information about the Church.
Here is a list of suggested hashtags from the Mormon Newsroom that you may want to use to better organize social media discussions about the Church:
- #priesthood (Priesthood Session)
- #ReliefSociety (Relief Society General Meeting)
- #ldsyw (Young Women General Meeting)
- #last6months (posts about how your life has changed since last conference)
- #next6months (posts about how you want your life to change over the next 6 months)
- #PresMonson, #PresEyring, #PresUchtdorf (First Presidency)
- #PresPacker (President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)
- #ElderPerry, #ElderNelson, #ElderClayton, etc. (members of the Quorum of the Twelve and the Seventy)
- #BishopStevenson, #BishopCausse, #BishopDavies (Presiding Bishopric)
- #SisterBurton, #SisterWixom, #SisterOscarson, #BrotherBeck, #BrotherOsguthorpe (Auxiliary Presidencies)
- #ReliefSociety, #primary, #SundaySchool, #ldsyw, #ldsym
- #MoTab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
- #cesdevo (Church Educational System [CES] Devotionals)
- #ldsage (Mormon Missionary Age Change)
You can include more than one hashtag in a post, but don’t get carried away. For example, including both #ldsconf and #Christian would be appropriate when tweeting a quote from conference that referred to Jesus Christ. Using the hashtag #Christian may help it be seen by more than just the LDS community.
- Learn more about using hashtags on Twitter and Facebook.
- See the styleguide “Mormon Hashtag Recommendations” on the Church’s Mormon Newsroom.
- Read the article “10 Tips for Tweeting #LDSConf on Twitter” for some good ideas.
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And remember the words of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the April 2011 General Conference:
With so many social media resources and a multitude of more or less useful gadgets at our disposal, sharing the good news of the gospel is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before. In fact, I am almost afraid that some listening have already sent text messages like “He’s been speaking for 10 minutes and still no aviation analogy!” My dear young friends, perhaps the Lord’s encouragement to “open [your] mouths” might today include “use your hands” to blog and text message the gospel to all the world! But please remember, all at the right time and at the right place.