Just in time for Haitian Heritage Month (May), Instagram released support for emojis in hashtags. Huge news!
Starting today, you can hashtag emojis (including the Haitian Flag Emoji) in Instagram captions. When a post has been tagged with an emoji, you’ll be able to click through and see its hashtag page. Here’s what it looks like the image below:
Over the past few years, emoji have become part of a universal visual language. And just as we share photos and videos, we use emoji to communicate emotions and feelings in ways that anyone can understand, regardless of language or background. With emoji hashtags, you can discover even more by adding them to your own photos and videos, searching them on the Explore page and tapping on them when you see them in captions. -Instagram
Instagram also introduced three new filters: Lark, Reyes and Juno.
You still can’t use emojis in hashtags on Facebook or Twitter. (Get it together, other social media sites! Emojis are the future.)
The new Instagram Emoji Hashtag feature is available in the latest version 6.11.0 for iOS and Android.
How to add the Haitian Flag emoji on iPhones (iOS)
– Go to http://emojipedia.org/flag-for-haiti/
– Tap and hold the Haitian Flag icon, then tap “Copy”
– Go to your iPhone’s settings
– Click the + sign (top right)
– Tap and hold in the “Phrase” field, then press “Paste”
You can also add a shortcut if you want. For example, if I type “hf” (without quotes) when I’m texting, it will show me the Haitian Flag emoji.
Try this now, and don’t forget to tag @sawpanse in the caption :-)