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View Poll Results: Should (#)hashtags stick around?
No, absolutely not. 13 61.90%
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (12:14 PM).
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First poll, koff~

I must admit, I am not a Facebook person or a twitter guy, so I was always confused when people began putting the pound/number symbol in front of several topics. From food, to phones, to toilet paper. I know it's a phase and it will die off soon, but it isn't dying off as fast as I would like. I enjoy it when people can enjoy their own lives on their own internet and such, but when it makes me look ridiculous and clueless about what a 'hash tag' is and invades everything, it causes me grief that is not needed. Especially when people start writing this stuff down on paper.

What are your thoughts? Do you want them to go away as much as I do? Or do you want to see everything covered in them, koffi~
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (12:29 PM).
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I use Twitter a lot, and I go on Tumblr pretty frequently too. Hashtags are a great search tool for finding something very specific that you're looking for and helping people find something that you post online. Because of that, I appreciate them. But when people start using it in everyday life, I just can't help but sink my head down in shame, because to me that's kind of embarrassing. Keep it on Twitter, and Tumblr, and any other sites that actually use that as a system. Facebook is not one of those sites.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (12:43 PM).
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Terrible puns aside, get rid of hash tag people, its an embarrassment to noughts and crosses
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (12:47 PM).
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Hash tags are stupid. To me, it's the number symbol. The kids at my old high school were high on hash tags.
"Hash tag English swag"
"Hash tag Chapstick"
Hash tag please die in a hole.
It's so dumb, and I want them to die quicker than a burning blade of grass. Judging by the incompetence of the vast majority of society, however, I think they'll, unfortunately, stick around for a bit.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (12:58 PM).
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Whoa there. Rebellious teenage angst is so thick in here I could cut it with a knife.

Dominic hit the nail on the head. Hash tags are pretty useful when you're actually looking for something, but only on sites where looking for something is worth it. The hash tag feature on Facebook is...lackluster. I've seen more official pages than individual people use it and it seems to me like it's just another way for people to try and get their product or service integrated in a world of ever-changing trends. But hash tags have the potential to unite people for a common cause, such as #ABCReports on Twitter which contains parody news headlines that mock an offensive article.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (01:22 PM).
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Hashtags are great and actually pretty useful when used properly, but stupid otherwise.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (02:05 PM).
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#techtalk #doesntbelonginccp #hashtag

#moved

Personally, I think the whole thing is stupid only for how commonly it's used outside of Twitter. Like, in actual conversations.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (02:46 PM).
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Actually. . ., koff~

I wouldn't consider the hashtag 'tech' by any means. It's more of an additive that was not needed. Search engines were fine on their own with their 'smart search' functions and hashtags are not an acceptable substitute for research (thesis's and the like) methods. The hash tag is simply another form of shortcuts:

"The first use of the term "hash tag" was in a blog post by Stowe Boyd, "Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings,"[7] on 26 August 2007, according to lexicographer Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society's New Words Committee."
(contrary to popular belief, wikipedia has several billion sources that can be checked.)

I believe the hated hashtag has more in common with an acronym than anything else, so I am a tad perplexed as to why you had moved it from the 'polls' section. Further more, the hashtag is no longer restricted to the internet. I've seen it written on paper for the sake of all that is holy! I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that the hashtag is not a proper form of technology. It offers no additional purposes than regular tags serve.

I believe that technology serves some form of purpose, either scientifically or life based. The hashtag does not fall under these categories. The idea that putting the symbol # in front of a word to turn it into a tag is laughable. Since it has been used so frequently and so often, it renders a proper search obsolete. IBM has already perfected the barcode, a quite useful piece of technology that can be scanned on it's own. The hashtag is nothing more than a fad, my friend.

My hatred for the hashtag may come across as somewhat volatile, so I apologize for that, koff~
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (02:58 PM).
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Quote originally posted by CoffeeDrink:
I wouldn't consider the hashtag 'tech' by any means.
Well, the section is called Technology & Internet for a reason, so I think it does fit in here.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (04:29 PM).
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Realistically, I don't use them in a serious manner. My friend and I use them in a joking manner in our conversations sometimes. We just think it sounds better and funnier, and it's like our little inside joke. But they can be useful if you're searching for a specific something. I use them mostly on Instagram to find cool pictures of stuff I like, although some people use them for the dumbest reasons.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (04:43 PM).
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Hashtags should never be used outside of Twitter. It's just another step in bastardizing the English language.
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Old September 22nd, 2013 (06:23 PM).
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I really enjoy hash tags as a regular twitter user. I find most of them to be quite useful... except when people abuse them for the hell of it.
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Old September 23rd, 2013 (06:38 AM). Edited September 23rd, 2013 by awolfsquared.
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Hashtags aren't too bad as some people here seem to make them out to be. They're used so you can find what you're looking for and what your interested in especially on Tumblr and Twitter. Instagram too since it helps people find pictures related to things they like. They are also an easier way to see what everyone's talking about on and what's trending at the moment. In that sense they're fine. But it's annoying when people use them excessively. Putting one or two hashtags on a tweet is fine or using a few of them on tumblr/Instagram posts to get them more attention is okay , but not 5-8 of them on one posts. Also it bothers me seeing so many outside of the internet. I get a company putting a hastag on the bottom of an advertisement cause it's a good marketing tool. People see someone use that hashtag and it get them wondering what that product is and maybe wanting to buy it or try it out. Though now it's being used in everything from music video (lets use Robin Thicke's number 1 song as an example. ) to song and album titles and I'm sure I've seen some on real life products (shirts and posters). That's the most annoying ones, those are the ones I hate. The only thing that annoys me is when they're overused. I don't get a point of hashtags being used on any site besides Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Quote originally posted by CoffeeDrink:


I believe the hated hashtag has more in common with an acronym than anything else, so I am a tad perplexed as to why you had moved it from the 'polls' section. Further more, the hashtag is no longer restricted to the internet. I've seen it written on paper for the sake of all that is holy! I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that the hashtag is not a proper form of technology. It offers no additional purposes than regular tags serve.

Hastags started on the Internet so it's technology related to the internet and like Zach said this forum is called Technology and INTERNET so it makes since they moved it here to me. (Not trying to mini-mod here just making a point.)
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I think hashtags are really fun, there have been times I even used it outside of Twitter so that's gotta be saying something. Even if some think it's controversial, they are still good for having a laugh!

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Old September 23rd, 2013 (07:36 AM).
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I only started to get fond of hashtags after I started using tumblr and Twitter. It is really convenient to use. I just hate people who use hashtags excessively. Using a hashtag for every word, or just being plain annoying with hashtags. But yeah, hashtags are really useful.
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Old September 23rd, 2013 (07:42 AM).
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Well I don't use twitter and I had to make a facebook to keep in touch with people but I rarely use it as much in comparison to other Instant Messaging services.
I think social media has just become it's own giant with basically everyone and everything advertising their own social media pages but they're mainly for people who sit on them everyday.
Even people will try to take a picture or video and try to include as many irrelevant tags as possible just so it can be seen, so are tags or hashtags useful ?

To a degree yes when used in the right context and with the correct information available but as more and more people are sucked into social media and become more obsessed with everyone else's lives than it will continue to be a growing trend and probably used in daily talk. I know some people that generally say LOL without laughing.
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Hashtags outside of twitter should die, just... die. Go away, screw hashtags, DIE IN A FIRE!

But yeah, hashtags are dumb.
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Okay, in a more serious note, I will say that I dislike the idea of hashtags, probably because I don't use twitter anymore, and I was outraged when they made their way onto Facebook. As for tumblr and Instagram, I can understand the usage of hashtags there, but searches on those two sites are just as effective without hashtags, in my opinion..
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I don't care about people using them on Twitter, but when they're used on other sites or in real life, they start to annoy me. I miss using the internet without seeing "#swagyolo*****es" every two minutes.
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# are fine if they are used in social media only. Using them outside and in actual ****ing conversations is the lamest thing ever.

Other than saying 'LOL' rather than actually laughing out loud.
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Old September 24th, 2013 (12:00 AM).
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Glad to see I'm not alone, koffi~

There are times when people should stop coming up with really bad ideas, koff~
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It's actually stupid. Hash tag is for twitter only, People!
Aside that, if you try to use one.. I don't know what you're called.
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Old September 24th, 2013 (01:48 AM).
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I have no against of #hashtags. However there are people who misuse of abuse the usage of hashtags, which I irk and disprove of.
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Hashtags are kind of weird. They're fine if they're used correctly, #but #when #people #do #this #it's #really #pointless.
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