Tuesday, June 30, 2015



What a hashtags is:

A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social networking services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing the hash character # (or number sign) in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end. Searching for that hashtag will then present each message that has been tagged with it.  To put it simply, a hash tag is an easy way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic or to begin a conversation on a new topic.

Hashtag origin (allegedly):

Hashtags are believed to have originated on Twitter but, interestingly enough, were not an intended function of Twitter.  Some believe they began when a damaged US Airways plane was famously landed in the Hudson River in early 2009.  An unknown Twitter user wrote a post and added #flight1549 to their tweet.  Somebody else read it and when they posted about the incident also added #flight1549 to their tweet.  Tweets began to fly around fast and furiously with thousands of people adding #flight1549 to their tweets, and soon the hashtag went viral.  If anyone wanted information on the situation all they had to do was search for #flight1549.  And so was born the most annoying trend in the history of social media.

What a hashtag is NOT:

A hashtag is NOT a clever way to summarize your status updates: We just found out that Suzy got early acceptance to Stanford and Timmy made the all-star team. #mydnaissuperiortoyours

A hashtag is NOT a period at the end of your posts: Finally got that promotion I’ve been waiting for.  No more french fry station for this guy.  Anything is possible with hard work and #perseverance

A hashtag is NOT a literary form of Tourette’s syndrome: Check out my summer vacation pics. #summer #summervacation #vacation #vacay #hawaii #hawaiinstyle #bigisland #island #islandfever #getmypointyet

A hashtag is NOT a way to express your emotions: Came home to catch my wife cheating with the neighbor again. #frustrated #slappedthatho #nowIfeelbetter

A hashtag is NOT an answer to your own rhetorical questions: Guess who’s spending the next 2 weeks in paradise?  #thisguy

A hashtag is NOT an out of control stream of consciousness: I had an epiphany during hot yoga today. #glutenispoison #essentialoilscureeverything #thegovernmentiswatchingme #sellingallmyshitandmovingtothewoods

And finally a hashtag is NOT a fashion statement: #baller (saw a dude in this shirt at the mall last week – fashion fail bro – more like #dipshit).

Really unless you’re a celebrity with millions of followers you shouldn’t use hashtags at all.  Got it?

Note: Spammers often broadcast tweets with popular hashtags even if the tweet has nothing to do with them. 

In conclusion #lovewins #marriageequality

You see what I did there? J

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