Hashtags are essentially a linking and grouping system for social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. To create a hashtag, place the hash symbol (#) before a word or a phrase without spacing, this creates a link or category for anyone to click on and search. For example, if I was to upload a photo to Instagram of the beach, I could hashtag #beach – then after, anyone who searches for the hashtag #beach, my image of the beach would come up, because that hashtag has just put the photo into that category.
Hashtags are fine and all, but there are many cases of hashtag abuse, where people will tag so many irrelevant things to their post. This hashtag abuse can greatly affect your online persona. An online persona is what you are seen as to the public or online, an individual can identify themselves however they want through the mediation of public culture. What you put online for the public controls your online persona, for example, what photos or tags individual’s choses to post. People view your profile of any social media site and analyze your site, then develop an opinion on how you present yourself, or what you post.
To people whom upload posts with ten hashtags, it can be seen as spam (and annoying). Look to the ‘RULES OF THE HASHTAG’, “short and simple”.
Yes, everyone knows that you went to the beach, so you don’t have to hashtag everything! Tags are there to categorize your post for public discussion, not to annoy your followers. It is even recommended that no more than two hashtags be used per post. Users have even started a new tag against hashtags, #ihatehashtags