23 Oct


Hash tags. You either love them, hate them, or know nothing about them.


This simple social media tool allows people to use words and phrases to link up with trending topics, news, groups, etc. The whole idea behind the hash tag creation was to mark messages as relevant to a particular group. So, the message or word automatically connects you to a topic or “channel” related to that hash tag. This allows people to find out more information regarding their specific interests.

A tool? Or is it making you look like one?

A tool? Or is it making you look like one?

However, the dilemma with this ever-so-popular, easy-to-use web tool is that it’s overly used at times and can cause a lot of havoc for people.  #Fail  <—-See what I did there? That one little word was used as reinforcement to my sentence, but it could also be used to link up the word fail with a webpage full of things related to failing in life.

Here are some other downfalls of using the hash tag in social media:

1. Using hash tags in reference to your place of work. It opens up the opportunity for you to get the company name out there in means of gaining popularity and interest, but it can also allow people to share bad experiences and result in  lots of negative feedback. Or even worse, you get caught talking crap on your employer. #Fired

2. Becoming an annoyance to everyone because you overdo it. #This #Makes #You #Look #Bad #Don’tDoIt

3. Misleading people. If you use a word or phrase that isn’t relevant to the subject matter then people may discredit you and your information. So it’s important to choose clever or catchy words that tie in to what you are selling/sharing. #Bacon

4. Last, but not least, it makes you seem less intelligent if used incorrectly. We all make simple spelling errors and things like that all the time, but if you repeatedly add senseless words on social sites then you will most likely lose out on popularity. #NotCool

On a better note, there are tons of benefits of using the hash tag.

For instance, when thinking of a business, you could introduce your brand or services. By getting your company name out there via social media networks, you could potentially gain followers, fans, and possibly customers to buy whatever it is you’re selling! #winning

Enough ranting for today. I just wanted to point out some of the frustrating things that I see and hear of people doing when it comes to using the hash tag. I think, if used correctly, it can open a lot of doors for a business to share information and draw in consumers. I personally love using it to make a point in posts. But, it’s always a good idea to be aware of what you are sharing online!!



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