#Hashtags

Hashtag

Looks familiar? Yeap, I think so.

We all have encountered this. Maybe you’ve seen your friends, some random person on your social media, or yourself doing it. Conscious or unconsciously, we have now become victims of the #.

Though, what does it do, really?

Hashtags were used way before social media. It was actually invented for IRC networks to label groups and topics. Made popular by Twitter these days, Hashtags are being used in almost every type of social media. They are primarily use to promote specific interest or topic, that if made popular enough could create a larger discussion or generate more people to visit and take interest on it.

On Twitter for example, when a hashtag becomes very popular, it will appear as a “Trending Topic”, whereas on Instagram, by using certain popular hashtag(s), you may generate more like and more followers on your page.

When used properly, hashtags can be really useful. It could simplify both your personal and professional life.

Personal:

1.   Finding and/ creating communities with same interests

2.   Getting news or whatever is trending in just a click away

Professional:

1.   Promoting businesses and organizations’ products, services and events

2.   A branding tool for businesses and organizations

However, since the hashtags have been very popular, its use has also been abused.

These are a few types of hashtag abuse:

1.   The Over Hashtagger : people who uses too many hashtags on a post

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2.   The HashtagStringer : people who #hashtaglikethis

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(I would say I have been guilty of doing this before :/ but after doing some research on hashtags, I would definitely rethink before doing this!)

And apparently..

3. The Verbal Hashtagger : people who actually says the word “hashtag” in real verbal conversation.

I get that people have the need to be seen and heard, and that is what social media really got started from, but some terms are hashtagged for a certain reason, and so not all words are supposed to be hashtagged.

Hashtags are also meant to be simple, so joining all words together with no capitals whatsoever will confuse readers.

And although hashtagging has now become a trend, it does not necessarily mean that we have to add it into our verbal conversation. I mean, we don’t use “LOL” or “BRB” when we verbally talk to someone, do we?

So tell me what your experiences are with the famous hashtag. Were they good, bad or neither? Have you ever created a hashtag of your own, and if so, what is it for and how did it turn up?

Please do tell me on the comment box down below.

Cheers,

Val.

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12 thoughts on “#Hashtags

  1. The HashtagStringer is pretty common in my Twitter feed. The thing that annoys me is that instead of just writing another pithy sentence in the tweet they create this one-off (because let’s face it most of these epic hashtags never get used twice) hashtag that is just #difficulttoread.

    I find the Over Hashtagger to be more prevalent on Instagram. I wonder if there is some kind of world record for the most hashtags in one post? #pointless #annoying #obvious #shouldbeacomment

    Also hashtags on Facebook seem to be in decline thankfully!

  2. Hashtags are very common in Twitter and Instagram but what annoys me most is that people have started using them on Facebook! What good does that do, really? Also, I don’t think a lot of instagrammers know what #hashtags #really #are #for. Exactly, a sentence is broken down into words and each word is then hashtagged. When used properly, it definitely signifies something. But when abused, it just looks really silly!

  3. I think everyone can benefit from hashtags; it’s not just for marketers and advertisers. These are words or topics preceded by the “#” symbol and will directly guide individuals to specific conversations that match their interests. So when you start using hashtags since these are categorically arranged, it is giving you the opportunity to talk to people who also share the same interests and or belong in the same field. But sometimes, hashtags are so prevalent these days that it can be hard to keep track of them all as well as what they mean

  4. before on my instagram, I didn’t have hashtags but since the discovery of them, I have been hashtagging. The thing is, if you don’t use the right hashtags, nothing much happens either. I’ve seen some people’s instagram who have no hashtag whatsoever and they have over 10K + likes…how does that happen? they have an abundant of followers as well…gaining popularity on social media still boggles me…selfies get a lot of likes…that really annoys me because that’s not even worth sharing to me…so does hashtag really work? i guess in some cases. it certainly works well with marketing and promotion of something that’s already got a reputation but if you’re starting from scratch, it’s a bit hard…

    • You know what i found Lil, there are a few of my friends who saved popular hashtags on their phones and just paste it every time posting a picture. This will get them more likes and followers, and afterwards they delete their previous hashtags. Sad but the world works that way sometimes :/

  5. I personally find the epidemic of hash-tagging to be a wholly annoying thing.
    Dont get me wrong, i understand the practicalities of hash-tagging in that it allows people to easily aggregate and search for content, BUT
    The ways in which it is used today is more indicative of the narcissism that permeates social media and the way it allows people to scream “look at me!”
    Facebook did not support hashtags until recently, but friends, or should i say acquaintances, have long been putting up hashtags to accompany posts or pictures. The whole idea of hash-tagging has clearly been misunderstood and misused.

  6. In my opinion hashtags are cool if it is being used appropriately like on instagram or twitter, it is cool because other people are also doing it and hashtags is actually can be seen as a norm on insta world. But if you used it on facebook where people don’t understand the idea of you putting it, it will be a bit off. I myself has experienced this, used hashtags on insta and automatically import the photo to my facebook account. my friends on facebook who do not have insta account started seeing me like a lunatic that was just crazy over hashtags! so lesson learnt only used it when appropriate! cheers ❤

  7. HAHA! I’m one of the victims here, I have to admit. Cuz everytime I post anything on social media, esp. Instagram I just by default use hashtags. Well actually the purpose behind is not to get as many likes possible, but it’s just a habit. 1 like, 100 likes, 1000likes I don’t care; it’s just look cool if there are some hashtags attached to it. #gottalovehashtags

  8. This is a pretty cool topic since I also get irritated by people hastagging pretty much everyword. Lol. But what i noticed from the fact that people use hashtags even in their verbal communication is that social media has impacted people too much that their real life communication are also affected by digital communication. They spent more time in the realm of digital social network that they are to caught up with it even after they got out to the real world.

  9. At first, I found that using hashtag was pretty practical, you just have to describe a picture ( instagram) in just a word or two. Yet when you overuse it, it’s gonna look pretty silly and irritating, especially the #hashtagstringger. #youjustgottahateit right?!
    I just started up a business and the only marketing strategy I have is using social media and words mouth to mouth. Surprisingly the sales went pretty well, it shows that when you use # properly, it will be a very useful tool for promoting and brand recognition in the digital age. 🙂

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