Related Hashtags: a new way to tag posts – that may just be diluting relevancy greatly.
It would appear that the powers that be in Google would like us to discover content from hashtags, and to facilitate this, the new default for hashtagging posts in Googleplus is to allow Google to draw one or more hashtags from the text that we write and add them on the right side of our posts.
Disabling Related Hashtags
Auto-hashtagging with related hashtags can be disabled by clicking on the left-side Home, then Settings, and scrolling down to Hashtags (near the bottom of Settings). As for myself, I am leaving it enabled for now, interested to see what it does – and if it evolves in search results relevancy. What’s more, if we add hashtags manually to our posts, these are used in lieu of Google’s “related hashtags” additions.
When this is what I found by clicking on #gmailtips, which makes it seem pretty clear that there is room for improvement in what Googleplus is doing with auto-hashtagging:
The inclusion of a gmail address in a post: this probably should not get the post auto-hashtagged #gmail. It certainly should not come up for #GmailTips. Since it does, this is what we get:
Are you leaving the related hashtags feature enabled?
Are you finding more or less relevancy in what comes up when you click on a hashtag in Googleplus?