Has the #hashtag gone too far? Well, in some situations I think so. I will start off by mentioning where it seems to work wonders. On Instagram for instance, it is used in overkill listing ingredients of someone’s full supper. In many ways Instagram tends to lend itself freely to the use of #hashtags. Post a simple photo of your meal and list every ingredient seems to be a trend in itself.
On Twitter it works well for following a trend, newsworthy event, or awareness campaign. For example #BringBackOurGirls, received and continues to receive world attention as it should.
The #hashtag is a simple and useful tool bringing attention to causes and items worthy of being searched, thus starting a trend that can be followed.
People even adopted a new way of talking using #hashtags in their speech. Something that Jimmy Fallon jumped on and was part of a skit with Justin Timberlake.
A little too far? Maybe in the skit it took it a little far but the one area I feel the #hashtag has been taken a bit far in Social Media is #hashtaging words like “the”, “and”, “it” and so on. On its own who is going to search the word “the” for latest trends? Certainly not the general public. I think the #hashtag is best served being used sparingly and with a sense of focus.
The #hashtag has been seen as the butt of many jokes and I think it’s healthy to have a sense of humour around the use of #hashtags.
Video courtesy of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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