Do you speak #hashtag?
MANILA, Philippines - Do you #speak in #hashtags? In the age of social media, the conversation and crowdsourcing tool has quickly been taken offline and is commonly being used in everyday conversation.
Like this: “I was so looking forward to getting my strawberry smoothie at Jamba Juice yesterday and by the time I got there, they ran out. Ugh! #firstworldproblems.”
Do you know anyone who can’t leave the gym without taking a #selfie and packing the Instagram picture with hashtags like these: #gobigorgohome #fitness #cardio #healthy #nopainnogain?
According to popular tech blog Gizmodo, the hashtag was pioneered several years ago by Chris Messina, a Google employee. Said the article, “Messina thought the old pound symbol - hitherto untapped online - could be a good way to ‘tag’ tweets, adding order to the enormous gas cloud of noise that is 99% of all Twitter action.”
The hashtag is a "vulgar crutch," said the article, "a lazy reach for substance in the personal void - written clipart.”
A hilarious skit uploaded on the YouTube account of “The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon,” with singer Justin Timberlake, makes fun of people who overuse hashtags not only in the virtual world, but in the real one too.
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