5 pointless kinds of #hashtagging

5 pointless kinds of #hashtagging

1. #hashtagging #every #word #in #a #sentence

So you want as many people possible to see your post.

But why break up the entire sentence into hashtags?

What is the point of hashtagging "#the"?

On Instagram, there are a total of 28,092,608 photos with the hashtag #the.

It makes for a very choppy sentence, but it does have an upside.

Hashtagging everything creates a strange catalogue of photos.

Look up the hashtags #for, #i and #of for some completely random images.

2. Hashtagging everyday phrases

There is no need to hashtag #hahaha or #lolololol.

Remove the hashtag and people would still understand that you found something funny.

For example, this tweet: "Pharrel Williams' hat at the Grammy's was hilarious #hahahaha" - of all the words to hashtag, why choose the laughter?

3. #hashtaggingthewholesentence

Whether it's a sardonic comment on the nature of hashtagging or you think people are genuinely going to look for #OMGwhydoesithavetorainwhenIwearsuedeshoes.

Lumping words together just creates confusion and the most awkward, unintentional phrasing.

For example, companies that tried "children's laughter house" and "therapist finder" becomes something completely different under a hashtag - #childrenslaughterhouse and #therapistfinder.

Notice the difference?

4. #hashtag

Really?

Adding #hashtag, is essentially hashtagging nothing.

What a waste of thumb movement.

5. Self-damning hashtags

Hashtags like #rkoi (rich kids of Instagram) and #firstworldproblems just make you sound entitled and spoiled.

Neither should be used without a thick layer of irony.

And I'm genuinely worried for anyone who uses #cut4bieber - a hashtag that encouraged Beliebers to cut themselves so that pop muppet Justin Bieber would stop smoking marijuana.

Of course, using these hashtags does make it easier to know who to stop following when it's time for a cull.


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