#Hashtag

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been using a few hashtags in my photo captions. The hashtag, if used correctly, can be a useful technique to add some extra bounce to your text. However, many people abuse the hashtag, by using it incessantly, unnecessarily, and inappropriately. For example, Shellie updates everyone that she’s at the coffee shop – ‘I’m at the local coffee shop having a coffee with friends’. Ok, not sure why you told everyone this, but we understand what you’re doing, there’s no confusion – you’re drinking a coffee. Then, like a machine gun fires a lethal round of bullets, Shellie unleashes a tirade of reckless hashtags: #coffee #coffeeshop #coffeedrinker #fun #latte #coffeelove #weekend #Sundays #cafe #London #friends #friendship #friendsforlife. Whoa, slow down kid, we get it. But wait, there’s more #love #art #casual #sip #uk #coffee #milk #poo #etc #etc. Some of them aren’t even words, what the fuck is a coffeelove? By the end of it, everyone is in tears, ‘Stop, please stop, we understand what you’re doing, no more hashtags, please!’. The hashtagger then descends into tongues, shaking all over, frothing at the mouth #goat #grass #baby #person #mental #building #cup #dildo #god #bridge #street #duck #qwack #qwack #qwack… Shellie! Shellie…. *Bang!* #gun #smoking #shellie #dead

I always wonder what hashtagger is trying to achieve with the tongue-styled hashtags. Do they think that I read the update, ‘I’m at the local coffee shop having a coffee with friends’, and think, ‘Oh, look at that, shellie’s on the moon with a coffee. Fantastic. Oh wait, theres some descriptive hashtags too, providing me with more information. Oh, it says #coffeeshop, oh, I get it, she’s at the coffee shop, not the moon. Superb use of hashtag Shellie. Thanks. Well done mate’.

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