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