Just what is a Hashtag Anyway?

Twitter has turned the world into self-righteous, pompous, arrogant blowhards full of hot air and exacerbated with flimsy, pointless migraine-inducing soliloquies.

At first we had the Yahoo! chat rooms, and life was good. Then came mIRC, and then the social media revolution came with the emergence of Facebook. Everyone was happy, sharing status’s that were self-aggrandizing (starting with I …) and the world seemed to revolve around each single person.

The stage was set for a massive coup d’état.

Enter Twitter.

Speak your mind in 140 characters or less.

As was expected, a mass migration from Facebook to Twitter took place, and just like the ice age and the annihilation of the dinosaurs, it happened in the blink of an eye. Intellectuals found their needs better satisfied through Twitter’s vision, the idea of being witty on a global scale and interacting with like-minded strangers as opposed to the various images of internet cats flooding Facebook.

However, sadly, as is always the case with a new toy, we abused it, reduced it to a mere shade of the magnificent tool it was meant to be.

Remember the story of the journalist James Karl Buck  that was caught by Police forces in Egypt? Twitter saved his life, literally. He tweeted a single word, “Arrested” (link), and that served to put the wheels in motion that would eventually lead to his release.

So how are we ruining Twitter?

Overuse of Hashtags.

People do not understand hashtags. For example, everyone is making words up and sticking an Octothorpe before a word in a vain attempt to sound intelligent.

The sight of people mindlessly throwing hashtags about in their tweets is reminiscent of Arabic Drama’s and Movies, where the character on screen turns away from the camera with a distant look in their eye and go off on a tangent where they address the ramification of the current situation on the rest of the population. The soliloquy whereby they attempt to pass off a few perceived pearls of wisdom to the audience, whilst vainly attempting to stay true to the scene at hand.

Had people bothered to read the FAQs on Twitter, they would have read the following when it came to understanding Hashtags:

  • 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.

Also, and more importantly:

Using hashtags correctly:

  • If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet
  • Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)
  • Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.

Instead of using Hashtags for current topics and assisting the global populace to categorize people’s discussions, we have flooded the internet with made up junk that no sane person in their right mind would ever search for, completely obliterating the purpose behind the hashtag.

And one last thing, people with “Private Accounts” using hashtags…

THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF A HASHTAG IS TO MAKE YOUR TWEET VISIBLE TO THE ENTIRE WORLD, WHICH GIVEN THE STATE OF YOUR PRIVACY SETTING, IS IMPOSSIBLE, ERGO YOUR USAGE OF THE HASHTAG IS IN VAIN, SERVING NO LOGICAL PURPOSE.

A double negative.

a division by zero.

The result?

Oh Sh…

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