Social Media

Social Media





Additional Tips for Social Media


When you use hashtags make sure each word begins with an uppercase letter in CamelCase format.  This helps with the readability of hashtags in general but also allows assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to process the hashtag in a readable way for the user.  


  • #GreatAndGood
  • #GoHoos
  • #UVAAlumni
  • #UVAFootball
  • #AccessibilityMatters


Emoji's are a norm on social media, but they can really cause frustration and confusion for users of assistive technology.  Each emoji has a text based description associated with it that is read to the user through the screen reader. Sometimes the text based description that is read to the user doesn't really make sense in the context of the content.  A list of commonly used emoji's and their text equivalents can be found at unicode website's Emoji list



  • Overuse or repeat emoji's in your content as it can create confusion and frustration for the users to figure out what your content means.
  • Place emoji's throughout your content, try to have them grouped together.


Emoticons are very similar to emoji's and are in fact their predecessor. Emoticons are created using various keyboard symbols in order to create smiling faces, gestures, etc. These, potentially intricate designs, can be confusing to assistive technology users as they will only be told the symbols name and not the actually design of the emoticon.