Five Annoying Ways People Use Hashtags In Tweets

Hashtags are great, aren’t they? They’re really great for organizing conversations and holding Twitter chats.

They can also be really, REALLY annoying.

Here are five annoying ways people use hashtags on Twitter.

#TeamFollowBack. Folks use this to indicate their willingness to engage in reciprocal following on Twitter. But adding this hashtag is unnecessary, as folks who “follow back” do so regardless – usually via auto-following apps. And we hear that seeing this hashtag invade their stream every day is a leading cause of brain aneurysms in Twitter purists.

#superlonglowercasehashtags. Honestly, why do this? Even if your hashtag is funny, it won’t be by the time I finish figuring out what it what it says. Adding an uppercase letter to the start of each word isn’t only considerate, it can save you some trouble. Just ask the folks behind #susanalbumparty.

#Every other #word in your #tweet. People seem to be confusing SEO (search engine optimization) tactics with Twitter hashtag tactics here. Yes, you want to be found, but the person searching for you (most times) is an actual person and your hashtag riddled tweet looks like spam. Would you click it? You should be tagging words that are both relevant to your point and words that people will likely search for – and NEVER more than three tags per tweet please.

#WittyObersvations. These can be funny – just don’t overdo it by posting nonstop wiseass tweets and don’t forget to separate words with uppercase letters. #YesSeriously

#SpokenHashtags. Yes, this isn’t really in a tweet, but still relevant: If you ever find yourself saying “hashtag [insert whatever witticism]” – unless you are very sure that your audience is Twitter-savvy, STOP. You are making nonTwitterers hate Twitter (and hashtags) . . . and you. Shame on you.

Do you have any items to add to this list?

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.