From Twitter to Instagram and now even on Facebook, hashtags have completely taken over. If this is the first time you’ve heard of a hashtag, congratulations for getting out from under the rock you’ve been living in.
A hashtag is the Octothorpe symbol (yay, now you finally know what it’s called) followed by a word or phrase to identify messages on a specific topic. Simply put, its main purpose is to categorize your posts and link you to related content.
So… Hashtags seem great right? Then why do most people insist on butchering them? No matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, you’re bound to have one person on your timeline who’s going to abuse hashtags to an extent that you just want to deactivate your account and stare at a wall instead.
So without much further ado, here are some simple rules for using hashtags.
Please understand what a hashtag is before you use one
Hashtags help people find and share stuff. They’re like an organizational tool for social media. If someone clicks on the hashtag they’ll see a lifetime of other posts by users on the similar topic.
That’s all they do! So could you maybe stop hashtaging your friend’s name on Facebook and assuming you’ve tagged them? You haven’t. Please for the love of God, stop!
A classmate of mine once told me hashtags is a cool new feature on Facebook which allows you to turn your text blue. A part of me died that day.
Hashtags are meant to be short and sweet. If you’re going to insert a lengthy phrase which describes an entire thought and is hard to read, it kinda defeats the purpose. Keep it single and don’t try to fit everything into one tiny hashtag.
It’s a hashtag, not a family photo at your wedding.
If you want to hashtag a phrase, don’t put a space between the words. It just ends up hashtagging only the first word. Similarly, symbols break hashtags as well.
Just stick to the words, bruh.
#Don’t #Hashtag #Every #Single #Word #In #Your #Sentence
Why would you do this? Why?!
Hashtagging each word looks sloppy and is annoying to read, not to mention the fact that it makes zero sense since the point of a hashtag is to tag your post with a particular topic. If you string along an entire sentence made solely of hashtags; Congratulations, you’re an idiot.
There’s no harm in reading up on the etiquette of these things before you use them. Knowing about cool new features enriches your experience, makes you tech-savyy and helps you avoid a major social faux pas.
So for the love of clear, efficient communication; please stop abusing hashtags!