“#” you are mistaken

#it #was #fun #I #love #mountains #bike #riding #too #was #intense #I #love #you #baby #muhaa #muhaaa #muhaaaa

We love #hashtags, and we #love them so much that it becomes difficult to finish a word without attaching a #(hashtag) to it. I have seen few posts there on Facebook and Instagram where the complete statement is written with hashtags (including the prepositions, conjunctions and helping verbs!). Mainly people go with the trend without understanding the reason of why it started at all. So they use it until it seem cool and then dump it.

A decade before, we didn’t have such habit. With #twitter the trend of hashtag started and with #facebook and #instagram it intensified. All three social sites have different user basis. The users of twitter seem to know the usage of hashtag and use it purposefully unlike the wild addicted purposeless hashtag lovers of Facebook and Instagram.

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One of the random picture showing how ludicrously the hashtags have been used.

I talked to few random people to get to know what hashtags mean for them. This is what they said:

  • “I use hashtags to highlight the word.”
  • “It is still a mystery?! for me.”
  • “Hashtags are used to post the status.”
  • “Put some hashtags bro, why commenting so simple, hashtags are cool, you too use some while posting the status”, someone very excited said confidently.

 

The official twitter help centre has also something to say about hashtags which may shock statements given by aforementioned people.

“Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword: People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.”

For example, on the photo-sharing service Instagram the hashtag #diwali allows users to find images that have been tagged as containing the Diwali festival, and #ICCWorldCup could be a popular tag for images from the Cricket World Cups.

Hashtags can also be used to gather public opinion on events and ideas at the local, corporate, or world level. For example, searching Twitter for #FIFA returns many tweets from individuals around the globe about the FIFA World Cup.

So If you’re a social media novice, hashtag are those the words preceded by the pound sign (#) which may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are integral to the way you and me communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them. Plus, they can be a lot of fun.

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