How to use a Hashtag – Put a stop to Hashtag Ho’s

13 Jul

I get a little peeved when I see people go to town with their use of hashtags. So when Facebook opened up to hashtags, I decided to post the guide to hashtag etiquette as a status update to stop what could be the beginning of a messy and cringe worthy newsfeed. It seems to have worked.

Let’s go through the proper manners for hashtags on social media before Facebook becomes another dumping ground of lame.

1. You only hashtag things that people might need to search for to keep track of a topic eg: a town name, an event, tv show a topic and so on. Nobody wants to search for #MyToastHadJamOnIt . If you want to tell people that you had jam on your toast, just write it! Don’t hash tag it silly!
2. Try not to use more than 2 hashtags in a status
3. Don’t just use a hashtag for the sake of it. Only use them if it’s really necessary.
4. Never ever make up a hashtag eg: ‪#‎OhMyGoshISatOnAPieceOfCheese‬ – nobody is going to search for that and thus makes you look dumb.
5. Never ever hash tag every single word you can think of to go with a topic eg. ‪#‎tea‬ ‪#‎teatime‬ ‪#‎teapot‬ ‪#‎SoTasty‬ ‪#‎TeaCup‬ ‪#‎Cup‬ ‪#‎Sophisticated‬‪#‎BoyfriendLovesTea‬ ‪#‎Happy‬ ‪#‎SoHappy‬ ‪#‎ReallyHappy‬ ‪#‎TeaWithToast‬‪#‎Afternoon‬ ‪#‎YellowTeaCup‬ ‪#‎EarlGrey‬ ‪#‎SoRelaxing‬ ‪#‎KillMe‬‪ #‎EveryoneNowKnowsImAttentionSeeking‬

In summary, just don’t use hashtags at all unless you are at an event or something relevant to people who are actually going to want to search and see the interesting thing that said. INTERESTING and RELEVANT are the keys to hashtags.

This has been a community service announcement.

Please share this post with your friends, colleagues and family who have no idea what they are doing with hashtags and are creating a wasteland of social media dumb.




EDIT: You know, I have a feeling that Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon read this post and caught my drift. Celebrities even feel the pain of a hashtag ho. Check out this hilarious clip where the pair show how this hashtag nonsense would sound in real life.

2 Responses to “How to use a Hashtag – Put a stop to Hashtag Ho’s”

  1. fifty5words September 27, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    #Thanks I feel much more #comfortable about using #hashtags now. #AmIDoingOkSoFar?

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