The new look for Google+ is rolling out now, and with it, the new “related hashtags.” These allow you to see other posts that are related to the one you’re reading, if that post uses a hashtag.
The New Hashtag Tab
For example, consider this:
In this post, it made use of the #io13 hashtag. With today’s design update, that hashtag in turn is now used in a new tab along the top right of the post.
If you click on that hashtag button, a new related area appears above the post box, while the post itself “flips” to show the first related post. You can continue to flip through more related posts.
Sometimes, you’ll also see related hashtags, allowing you to explore other subjects:
Post that contain more than one hashtag get more than one hashtag button, though only one will show (which is selected isn’t clear):
If you hover, you can click to select another hashtag:
Our earlier story,
Google+ Stream Gets Fresh New Look & Automatically-Added Hashtags At Google I/O, and Google’s post today explain more about how Google automatically determines how to associate some posts with hashtags, even if they don’t use them.