Twitter hash tag abuse & spam, are you guilty?
There are quite a few spam techniques used by people on Twitter who want to get their content noticed. Well, I don’t want to talk about spam-spam but more, about ‘missuse’ of Twitter Hashtags and what’s become of direct messages. I mean they might as well dump DM’s and be done with it as far as I’m concerned, but let’s delve a little deeper. This is more of a discussion and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on each point below in the comments section. Let’s start off by revising…
The hashtags original purpose
A hashtag is similar to other web tags- it helps add tweets to a category. Hashtags have the ‘hash’ or ‘pound’ symbol (#) preceding the tag, like so: #traffic, #followfriday, #hashtag. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the tweet… – Twitter
How many hashtags make a tweet, spam?
2, 3, 4, 5 – Where do we draw the line?
3 or more is on the verge of making the tweet feel ’spammy’ which would make most users treat you & your tweet with disdain and in most cases, plain ignore it, even if it’s a great link.
How many hashtags does it take before you ignore the tweet or the user?
do you consider Hashtag Slang spam?
The use of the hashtag in this scenario goes against what the hashtag is meant for, however It gives the tweet some extra oomph. In most cases this would be harmless if the hash tag you’re using is not popular. There are cases where you may unintentionally be tweeting your hashtag into a conversation that has nothing to do with it, and in that case I would consider it; spam.
For all I know, #godieinafire could be the name of a band, has this ever happened to you before?
Occasionally you see tweets in a hashtag stream that are obviously out of place, and more than likely unintentionally, because let’s face it, when you type #godieinafire, you don’t check if the tag is being used for something first.
Have you ever had an interesting conversation start from the ‘misuse’ of a Twitter hashtag?
Ah, direct messages, the sewer mutants of the twitter underworld. Generally when you get a DM you are immediately suspicious of that user as a spammer or some back-ally marketing team. A huge percentage of DM’s are automated ‘thank you for following’ or self promotions to ‘check out my cool site’ which – if you think about it, is not so bad. Why then, do we hate it so much?
Are you a victim of improper hashtag usage, a ‘innocent’ culprit, do you think direct messages are useful? Put forward your points if you agree or disagree, in the comments below.