THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
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5 Truly Irritating Ways to Use Hashtags

Hashtags are generally interesting and useful online tools that can help build your online reputation quickly. You can also acquire and share information on relevant and specific topics by relying on hashtags.

There are, however, some instances when people use these for the wrong reasons.

As a result, many get annoyed or irritated especially when they become the targets of bored or unscrupulous individuals.

Here are some truly irritating ways hashtags are used.

1. Overstuffing.

Some people fail to send the right message simply because they use too many hashtags in a single tweet.

Most experts recommend that you put two or three hashtags at most. One is ideal because it sends a direct message. Providing one or two more should also pertain to the relevant or similar issue.

Some online users place as many as 5 to 8 hashtags in their tweets, which are very confusing and misleading. Many people reading the tweet might even get the impression that you’re a spammer.

2. A very long hashtag.

When creating hashtags, social media experts recommend that you stick to 2 to 3 words at most.

Make sure that people can easily understand what it is about just by reading the hashtag. You can include the year, or capitalize the first letter of each word to make it more distinct and readable. Avoid capitalizing all the letters in the hashtag.

Some individuals also use too many words which make it very confusing and irritating. The hashtag should be easy to rewrite and repost especially if you wish for it to trend well on Twitter.

3. Alien use.

When posting or creating hashtags, be sure that it is related to your tweet or media material.

A lot of online users get annoyed when people share an article or post a tweet which is completely unrelated to the hashtag they provide. Online users must be properly led to the hashtag to share their views and get information regarding a specific topic.

4. Hijacking hashtags.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can do on Twitter is hijacking hashtags. It shows disrespect and lack of online etiquette.

Some individuals can get banned or suspended on Twitter when the creator of the hashtag reports mischievous activities. When joining a hashtag, stay within the topic of the conversation and respect others online to boost your reputation and warrant the same degree of respect when it is your turn to make one.

5. Self-made hashtags.

When using hashtags, it is recommended that you do some research first to find out if there are existing ones that relate well with your topic of interest.

A lot of new Twitter users tend to provide their own self-made hashtag with every tweet, which can mislead other online users. As a rule, make sure that the hashtag actually pertains to a relevant topic to avoid confusion.

[Note: What's extra annoying is creating a hashtag for your Facebook posts; but, hey, the community says it may be an acceptable way to express sentiment -- but, still!]

These approaches will guide you on how to make the best and most relevant hashtags that will most likely improve your online status and relationship with other users. Don’t get too carried away with hashtags. Surely you don’t want to be that person everyone gets annoyed with whenever they see you online.

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