How to Use Hashtags and Hashlinks

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A hashtag is the # sign attached to any specific word or phrase. Hashtags are like keywords, they help organize messages. Add hashtags like #idea or #alerts to your messages and Celly will make it easy to find and filter them. For instance, let's say you have a Celly group for planning large potlucks with your friends and family; anytime someone has a recipe or a dish, they can add the hashtag #food to any message they send. When someone in the cell searches for #food, Celly will find and show all messages with that hashtag. 



To keep things clean and organized, cell members can also find a list of established hashtags for a particular cell in that cell's right toolbar: 



What are hashlinks? How are they related to hashtags?

Hashlinks connect multiple cells together with hashtags, forming a network of cells.
Hashlinks enable members in different cells to broadcast messages to each other. When a message with a specified hashtag is sent to one cell, Celly will then broadcast the hash-tagged message to the linked cell.

There are two versions of hashlinks, receptors and transmitters. A receptor is created when the admin of a cell wants to REQUEST a hashtag from another cell. A transmitter is created when the admin of a cell wants to SEND a hashtag to another cell. Receptors and transmitters must be approved by BOTH admins. 

For example two cells, @SixPdParents and @ParentPotLuck, want to connect with hashtags. If a member from @ParentPotLuck hashtags a message with #food, the message will go to @SixPdParents.

Let's go through an example of how these two cells set up and create a receptor:

Ms.Becky is the admin of @SixPdParents and she wants her cell members to know the food suggestions of the PTA cell @ParentPotluck, a cell run by someone else. She goes into her @SixPdParents cell and clicks on "receptors" in the right toolbar. Note: only admins can create and approve receptors or transmitters.



The receptor button drops down to this: 



As you can see, receptors can also be created for RSS feeds and Twitter feeds. If you want to read more about creating a receptor for RSS and Twitter feeds, see this guide.

Click on "# add hashlink" to create a cell receptor. This box appears: 



Type in the name of the cell you want to create a receptor for, type in the the hashtag you want to use to filter messages and click "add hashlink". Now you must wait for the admin of the other cell to approve the hashlink. The other admin will see this notification in the upright hand corner of their inbox:



To approve the hashlink, Mrs.Pete clicks on the arrow and this box pops up:



In this example, ANY message with the hashtag #food will be sent from ParentPotLuck to SixPdParents, including messages from non-admin, non-curator members. With this in mind, it is good to notify the members of your cell that this hashtag will now be sent to another cell.



And that's it! Creating a transmitter is essentially the same process. In a transmitter scenario, an admin wants to send a hashtag message FROM their cell TO another cell. 



This time, in the cell's right toolbar, you click on "transmitters". This drop down appears:



Click on "# add a hashlink"



Choose a hashtag for your transmitter. You can use the same hashtag you used for a receptor hashlink or you can think of another one entirely. Again, this transmitter hashlink MUST be approved by the other admin. This is the notification the other admin will receive:



Mrs.Pete clicks on the arrow and this box pops up:


If the admin approves the hashlink, messages with the specific transmitter hashtag will be sent from the first cell TO the second cell. 



That's it! Still not sure how to use hashlinks? Please email support@cel.ly. We'll happily walk you through the setup process.



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