Twitter is a lot of fun. I enjoy getting everyone’s updates, from celebrities to political figures to homegrown friends. It’s a great way to stay on top of things…until there’s a hashtag party I’m not involved in. Then my twitter page gets filled with all these stupid tweets about crayons and gno’s (girls night out) and Nestle products. Now, I love crayons and Nestle products and definitely girls’ nights out and I like the people who tweet about them. I just don’t want to see all the tweets.
Hashtags, for those of you uninitiated with Twitter (yet), are a way for people to find what you’re tweeting about. It’s like tagging blog posts so your content is easier found. If you place a hashtag in your tweet then it becomes easier to search and find. For instance, if I wanted to congratulate Sugarland for their win last night I could tweet something like: “Congrats on another win Sugarland! You owe it all to Agnes Scott, right!? #CMA”
Just say Crayola decided to have a Twitter party and everyone involved would use the hashtag #Crayola. I would get a lot of freaking tweets about how “crayons are awesome! #Crayola” or “crayons were all I got to play with growing up. #Crayola” or “did you know they’re the perfect size to fit up kids’ nostrils? #Crayola.” Just supposing…not insinuating that this actually happened (but it did).
I am begging Twitter to come up with a way to hide those hashtag subjects! It would make me, and others, a whole lot happier. And it wouldn’t hurt in the slightest the people who were wanting to play along. Truthfully, they’re all talking to and amongst themselves anyway. I’m forced to be eavesdropping. I Googled to see if there was a way to hide certain hashtags and there are plenty of people in internetland who are as sick of it as me. No luck though on a solution.
Twitter…or one of you Twitter-based softwares out there, come up with an option to hide those hashtags we don’t want to be eavesdropping in on. Get with the 21st century! #hidethehashtags!