Given my long-time love for social media, it should be no surprise that the very minute I laid my eyes on this hashtag sweater, I bought it. I'm pretty sure it was made for me, too, because had never seen a hashtag sweater before and I haven't since!
For my first time wearing it, I went for a monochromatic look with a lot of white, metallic and a little transparency. I pulled out my white skinny jeans for the first time since September and stepped into my new silver mirrored pumps. My transparent PVC clutch (which I made) seemed like the perfect bag for the day and I'm still favoring my Chloe aviators. Jewelry choices were all silver metals, transparency, and sparkles. The hair had to be to be tied up in a little messy side braid because it just didn't want to cooperate.
And while on the topic, I couldn't help but talk about my view on hashtags. What are hashtags anyway? Honestly, I hear a different answer from almost everyone I ask and that's probably okay. I remember the time my father-in-law asked what a hashtag was over Sunday family dinner. First, I was just impressed that he even knew enough to ask (turns out he's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon fan), but as I started to explain my take on hashtags, I watch his eyes glaze over as he realized that he didn't really want to know the answer to the question. Anyway, I digress...
So, hashtags. Generally, they're a way to categorize on social media. They're a good way to group related content so that you can easily converse with other people interested in a certain topic. But as social media grows more mainstream and more diversified, the ways that people use hashtags has gotten more creative that just categorizing. On apps like Instagram or Vine, heavy use of hashtags seems to be encouraged as method of discovery. On Twitter, it seems to be best used as more of a way to create a "chat room" of sorts.
Finally, like all tags, they can seem a little spammy when they're used too frequently or not used properly. So proceed with caution and ask yourself if the hashtag you're about to use adds value to your content or the conversation? If not, you're probably better off not using it at all. E.G. If no one else has used that hashtag and it's unlikely that they ever will, it's not really helping out anyone.
Obviously this is a very generalized assessment of hashtags from one person's point of view so take all of this as you will...