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Popular Hashtags: Why They’re Great

Popular Hashtags

Trendy is the key characteristic of our modern digital world. If something is cool enough, it will make it ways to the top of our priorities and it will receive the biggest portion of our online attention. And because what interests you probably interests million others across the world, hashtags came into existence. The cyperspace can be your private getaway, but it can also give you a public experience where common grounds meet. What constitutes popular hashtags on the most famous social networks? And why?   

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Popular Hashtags on Instagram

Instagram is a photo-sharing social network that basically revolves around the “picture is worth a thousand word” concept. Instagram users upload pictures of their daily lives, their studies, their road trips, their food, and of course their selfies. Your Instagram friends would like your picture or leave a reply, and you’re also offered a collection of effects that you can add to your pictures to enhance them. All in all, Instagram is pretty private; only your followers can view your pictures, unless of course you use hashtags.

Instagram hashtags give your pictures more exposure. If you add the hashtag “#yummy” to a picture of your dinner, for example, your picture appears among a list of other pictures other users also branded #yummy. So if you’re sitting at home starving and bored, type down the yummy hashtag and you’ll be flooded with pretty pictures of delicious mouth watering goodies.

Using popular hashtags means more people will get to see your pictures, which also means you will get more likes and your picture will get reposted and might even go on Facebook or Twitter. If you use your Instagram account to market your business or spread a message, online attention would be more than an ego boost; it will be something that you should positively pursue. Popular hashtags can help you get in the scene of your choice, take part in photography competitions, or just gain a few more followers.

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Popular Hashtags on Twitter

Twitter is a somehow mini-blogging website. You get to write short witty statements, jokes, or comments on current events. And the only rule is to stick to the 140-letter limit. Twitter is fun and much more public than Facebook. You get to follow anyone you like and unless their account is protected (which isn’t a common case) they don’t need to approve your follow. One you’ve added someone to your following list, you get their tweets on your timeline.

Like with Instagram, popular hashtags take you to the public stage and give you more audience. But Twitter is more centered around the affairs of the world. Waiting for the Oscars? Into soccer? Just watched the finale of your favorite show? Have a strong opinion against terrorism, international intervention, or weapon use? Twitter is the perfect medium for you.

When an even attracts international opinion, you’re sure to find more than a Twitter hashtag for it. Popular hashtags on Twitter are like reading the morning paper: you will always get an idea on what is going with the world. For this purpose particularly, Twitte shows you a list of the most up to date popular hashtags in your region or worldwide.

You can use Twitter’s popular hashtags to either market for your business or for yourself. You could use them to contribute to a cause or to make a joke. And, most importantly, you can use them to keep in the know.

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Popular Hashtags on Facebook

Hashtags are a recent addition to Facebook. Facebook is known for its personalized feel. You get your own space to share your thoughts, pictures, videos, and life events. Facebook is self-sufficient and with the hashtags addition, it’s now even more fulfilling.

You can use Facebook popular hashtags for the same purpose, to guarantee wider exposure. But Facebook users are still not very familiar with the concept, so don’t expect the same “daily news report” you can get from Twitter. Popular hashtags on Facebook though are great for business. You are sure to find all types of human beings, families and friends and the young and the old, on Facebook. So the publicity can make a great difference.

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Abusing Popular Hashtags

Popular hashtags, if used right, can be of great benefits to Internet users. You will be connected with the likely minded and you will find whatever you’re looking for in the vast cyperspace. Popular hashtags can offer free publicity to your brand or service and theu can even help you make new friends. So what is there to abuse?

Social network users might jump on the opportunity of exposure and abuse popular hashtags. Using a popular hashtag where it doesn’t belong is abusive and is done in bad faith. For example, if you will monopolize the chance of a public event, an accident or such, to get followers or online attention, then you’re doing it wrong.

Some Twitter and Facebook users add completely irrelevant political hashtags with their personal posts just to get seen. This practice is offensive to the cause and the serious and involved users in the hashtag. Others use too many hashtags in the same tweet/post. They do it either to joke or to be seen on various and different threads.

If a hashtag is specifically devoted to a certain cause, the cause and the intention should be respected, especially if it’s serious and touches a lot of the people involved. Remember to be considerate and kind online as much as you would be offline. 

Finally, you can always make your own hashtag up. Popular hashtags were made by normal social networks users and gained the attention of their friends and followers until they rose to the top of everyone’s page. Make the best out of them and remember not to abuse them!

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