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Proper Hashtag Etiquette

Proper Hashtag Etiquette

Do you practice proper hashtag etiquette? Hashtags are widely used across ever social network nowadays. They began on Twitter, eventually spreading to Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIN, and just recently Facebook. The problem is that many users of the hashtag do not properly know how to use them.

Hashtags are words preceded by the “#” symbol which are dynamically linked to a feed that displays the hashtagged word used by other people across the network. When using hashtags in any social network it is important to remember the following rules:

A hashtag should be short and simple. If your hashtag uses more than one word try to capitalize every word to make it easier to read. Try not to use more than 3 words in a hashtag. If you’re going to write a sentence in your hashtag – just write a sentence.

#Do #Not #Hashtag #Every #Single #Word
There is nothing more annoying than someone who hashtags every word to form a complete sentence, especially when they hashtag the article #a – it makes no sense! Hashtagging every word not only breaks up the message you are trying to send, but it also makes it harder for people to understand what you are actually saying. Plus it just looks plain dumb.

If you’re going to join a trending hashtag conversation, make sure your post actually relates to the topic, and that you have something interesting to contribute to it. This is a big problem on Twitter – many people like to join a trending topic without actually contributing something useful to it. Even worse are the people who try to take advantage of a trending topic to boost their own publicity without actually researching that specific trend – take the Kenneth Cole #Cairo incident for example.

Hashtags are meant to be used as feeds to connect similar conversations. Using hashtags at the end of your posts such as #thinkingthings #lookingup #sittingaround contribute nothing to the meaning of your post, and are simply unnecessary.