Twitter Hashtags That Drive Me Crazy

Hashtags for the words food and music

STOP THIS NOW

There are a lot of people that sound like crazy people on Twitter to me. Maybe you’re one of them, maybe not. I’m not talking about the people that participate in all of those terrible trending hashtags like #BackWhenIWasAKid or #MakesMeSMH (although those do drive me crazy too,) I’m talking about the people who end their tweets with words like #food, #film or #music. Let me rewind for a second and tell you why I believe this is crazy-talk.

I used to work at an indie record store where every once in a while this crazy guy would come in and ask for certain music albums on CD. Imagine a guy about 6’3’’, 220 lbs., with a giant brown beard and mottled brown skin. He always wore dirty high top shoes, blue jeans and a smelly Starter jacket. He’s kind of like a mellow crazy cat lady on The Simpsons, but without the armful of cats. He had this problem psychologically where he couldn’t stop making vocal noises, so even when he wasn’t talking, he’d murmur “auauaaghghuagghaugghahguuughahaahahggghguguaauauauauah.” It reminded me of what Max Brooks explained in The Zombie Survival Guide about how zombies would moan this way and it would drive people insane. However, when said crazy guy would come in and ask for bands like Rush, Scorpions and Van Halen, he’d say, “Do you have any Rush, Scorpions or Van Halen? AuaaaghghahguguRUSHauauaughhgSCORPIONSauauagghghguauVANHALEN.”

This is where I’m getting to my point. There are two types of people in my Twitter feed that use tweets like #food, #film or #music at the end of their tweets; Noobs and Crazy People. Such general terms might’ve been used back when Twitter first started, but I’m willing to bet that 95% of close to 1000 people in my Twitter feed don’t do that. It’s just not necessary, because it’s too broad of a term. Narrow your hashtag term down and include it in your tweet if possible, not after the message you’ve written. That way you don’t look like a noob or a crazy person.

Thank you!

Now, when I share this blog post, I will not tweet my message like this…

“I’ve got a new post up on my blog about Twitter annoyances. [link] #Twitter #annoyances #blog”

Because it will read like this…

“I’ve got a new post up on my blog about Twitter annoyances. [link] auauauguguguaTWITTERauauagghhghguaANNOYANCESauaguuguauaguguugBLOG.”

Me and My Local Library

Photo courtesy of restlesslibrarians.com

Entryway to your imagination

Lately, I’ve been re-visiting one of my favorite places that opens up my imagination – my local library. There was a period of years during college where I was so busy; I had absolutely no time to do any sort of extracurricular reading. When I did have the time, reading was the last thing I wanted to do, especially during a full year of taking 17 credits a term. However, with the Multnomah County Library only a short 15 minutes walking distance away, I’ve begun to frequent it more and more.

Audiobooks and graphic novels have become an obsession of mine. When I was growing up, I used to read comics all of the time. I think it was because I grew up poor and it was easy to buy a comic for $2.99 than other means of entertainment. As an only child, cheap entertainment like comic books and renting video games were almost the only means of not dying of boredom (which I wholly believed was possible back then.)

The audiobooks that have been my new obsession as of late have been spread between The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. At first I felt like a sellout by listening to the audiobooks instead of reading them, but it’s nice to listen to them while walking places or while I’m working.

The graphic novels I’ve been reading have mostly been recommended from a great Paste article. So far, I’ve read Joker, Wildcats 3.0 Year One, Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life V. 1. I could go into a whole other blog post about these books, but needless to say, these were all worth reading. I already have five more books sitting next to me that I’m looking forward to reading including Sweet Tooth, The Ultimates, Batman: The Killing Joke, Locke & Key V. 2 and Absolute Planetary.

There’s not much more convenient than putting items on hold that you really want to read and just going in to the library, picking them up and leaving. It’s basically free entertainment that we pay with our tax dollars and I highly recommend you take advantage of your own local library.