It seems that Google has made hashtags clickable in a similar form to Twitter, but with one major difference, when you click the ‘hashtag’ thinking that you’ll be sent to a stream of posts containing #hashtag, you’re not.
You’re taken to a list of posts that contain that word, rather pointless if you ask me since you could just do that search yourself, all Google have done is made the word clickable to bring up search results. Yes its early stages and maybe they’ll refine the search at a later date, but what you have to remember is that they can’t make it like Twitter.
Facebook brings out new features and a bunch of people and companies crawl out of the woodwork to claim copyright infringement, something Google have been quite careful with by actually being pretty original with their ideas and in fact, you could say Facebook has been the one to take some ideas from the big G.
The point of this post is that, from my Google+ experience, even before Google started the whole hashtag search is people were already using them, these people were predominantly female. In fact, I removed one person from a circle due to literally tweeting on Google+ because I couldn’t filter out the posts like on a Twitter client such as TweetDeck.
One of the benefits of Twitter is having clients that can filter out hashtags as I’ve previously mentioned which are chats or from people at a convention, right down to ‘live tweeting’ while watching TV programs, it cuts down on lots of spam.
Guys hardly use hashtags on Google+, there was a little barrage of posts from guys to get it out of their system, but that was it. Women, on the other hand use them frequently, even though they don’t really mean anything as such at the moment. If Google+ is to stay as unique as it already is, I think hashtags are not the way to go as they’re not needed on there, if you want to use them, stick to Twitter where they count for something.
Some hashtags aren’t even clickable, which sort of defeats the object and requires you (if you can be bothered) to do a manual search to see if anyone else used the same mash of words in a post or comment elsewhere on Google+, what you will probably find though is that at least 90% of hashtag ‘users’ tend to be of the feminine persuasion.