There are a few different types of hashtag offenders: the person who tags everything for the sake of getting more followers, the humble bragger, the non-funny tagger, the person who puts a hashtag before an entire paragraph without spaces so you can’t read whatever dumb thing it is they’re so cleverly hash-ing, and my personal favorite — the endearing souls who just learned how hashtags work but haven’t fully mastered the art of it yet. Oftentimes they punctuate (god bless their respect for the apostrophe!) and it completely voids the hashtag altogether. Don’t forget the meta-tagger who loves to bust out the #hashtag.
We’ve all been these people at least once in our lives (I remember my first hashtag). Or maybe you’re still one of these people. I probably am. I definitely do the meta-tag, and since I think my hashtags are hilarious gifts to the world, there’s probably a hate club somewhere out there rallying against them. #sad <–Sorry. #actuallysorryforpartyingnothashtagging
Luckily for me, us, we: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake made a video that points out how overused the hashtag actually is. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, then we’re just proving the Gen-X bullies right.
What’s your hashtag pet-peeve? I know for me personally, after writing this little post and typing “hashtag” a hundred different times, the word alone makes me want to stab a fork in my jaw.
AH! One more thing. It’s really important that we also discuss how perfect Questlove’s Hall & Oats shirt is. So find the comments section, and let it ride.