Most people recognize a hashtag for what it is and read it, or ignore it and move on. But there are some people who have a visceral reaction to hashtags, especially when they come across them outside the twitterverse.
"Hashtags have two uses", I tried to explain to Kevin, my barber - I mean hair stylist.
"One use is a category tag that allows you to search for other Tweets on the same topic. The second use is a way of setting context or commenting, often humorously."
Kevin asks, "How the *%?$ does it make sense to use hashtags on Facebook?"
"Well, Kevin, I think it is safe to say those folks intend the second use."
"That is so f!"@#€~ stupid! That annoys the crap out of me!"
"It's just a hashtag. Don't look at it. Ignore it."
"I can't. It's too f!"@#€~ stupid!"
This conversation has to be the most fun I've had since 2008.
...and it just keeps paying dividends!
orig post date APR 2013
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