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Why #overdoing #hashtags is not cool
September 25, 2013 7:33 AM   Subscribe

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon do #hashtags
posted by beagle (35 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
#thehashtagisthemessage
posted by nubs at 7:44 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


#LeonardoDaVinciVeryOverrated
#LeonardoTMNTProperlyRated
#IWantThatHall&OatesShirt
posted by Copronymus at 8:07 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hash tags are the RFID stickers that I use to inventory and track my hashish bundles.
posted by planetesimal at 8:17 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


#LeonardoDaVinciVeryOverrated
#LeonardoTMNTProperlyRated
#IWantThatHall&OatesShirt
posted by Copronymus at 11:07 AM on September 25 [+] [!]

I was about to come in and be like "My roommate totally agrees with you" but, uh, hiya.

This is also an appropriate time to mention that Copronymus has been known to make awesome lists ranking various disparate categories from best to worst, e.g. "A list of Ninja Turtles and the artists for whom they are named from best to worst" and "Neapolitan ice cream flavors and famous Italian heads of state from best to worst" or something like that. I forget the other categories but the lists are always top hole.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:22 AM on September 25, 2013


All this time I thought the inappropriate overuse of hashtags was itself the joke, not something that needed to be joked about.
posted by naju at 8:24 AM on September 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


I don't like those tags on TV shows that tell you what to think about the action going on like#thatjusthappened or #awkwardsilence! Don't police my emotions, you're not the boss of me, TV. Sheesh.
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


hashtag brownies
posted by Eideteker at 8:25 AM on September 25, 2013


I don't like those tags on TV shows that tell you what to think about the action going on like#thatjusthappened or #awkwardsilence! Don't police my emotions, you're not the boss of me, TV. Sheesh.

Yeah, this is my biggest (basically only) problem with Pretty Little Liars; it just gets ridiculous.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:27 AM on September 25, 2013


I don't like those tags on TV shows that tell you what to think about the action going on like#thatjusthappened or #awkwardsilence! Don't police my emotions, you're not the boss of me, TV. Sheesh.

For a while the three or four hashtags that Pretty Little Liars would throw up on the screen would drive me crazy, but I've gotten to this point where they're just hilarious. I probably spend a full minute just rolling around the couch laughing at them during every episode. On the other hand, apparently it's pretty successful as a marketing strategy.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:30 AM on September 25, 2013


#haters
posted by maryr at 8:32 AM on September 25, 2013


It's only metadata so it's ok.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:33 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


They're missing the #lede
posted by surplus at 8:34 AM on September 25, 2013


Here's the source video on YouTube without the Business Insider ads wrapped around it. For once the YouTube comments are interesting; here's the same gag done nine months ago by Foil Arms and Hog. The joke's pretty obvious, not sure anyone's claiming plagiarism.
posted by Nelson at 8:36 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is #hashtags on TV shows a real thing? Can I see some screenshots, just out of curiosity?
posted by Eideteker at 8:50 AM on September 25, 2013


A real thing at least on some shows. Here's an example from the previously mentioned Pretty Little Liars.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:54 AM on September 25, 2013


This is so AOL Keyword: Lame.
posted by BurntHombre at 8:55 AM on September 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


Eideteker, ignore the macro on the screencap and look to the bottom. Teen Wolf also suggests topical hashtags throughout the episode.
posted by headspace at 9:02 AM on September 25, 2013


although the teenwolf hashtags seem to be evolving into running metaocmmentary. and I hope this trend continues.
posted by The Whelk at 9:04 AM on September 25, 2013


They are. I knew the hashtags on TW had arrived as a commentary of their own when they started making dick jokes. Two characters too close together in the closet? #somethingcameup (did not make that up.)
posted by headspace at 9:09 AM on September 25, 2013


I really don't want a show to livetweet itself to me while I'm watching. Is this the modern equivalent of canned laugh tracks?

Also, do torrenters tend to crop the hashtags out of the frame? There's been a few times when I've caught something on TV rather than Pirate Bay and was struck by the hashtag at the bottom. I think Community?
posted by naju at 9:20 AM on September 25, 2013


Those close ups of Jimmy Fallon making the hashtag hand sign were fascinating. I had to try and pause the video because he has THE LONGEST MIDDLE FINGER EVER compared to his index finger. (0:45 if the link doesn't work).
posted by Brockles at 9:23 AM on September 25, 2013


is it just the angle of his hand? because the other fingers on the other hand don't seem as disproportionate.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:38 AM on September 25, 2013


Those close ups of Jimmy Fallon making the hashtag hand sign were fascinating. I had to try and pause the video yt because he has THE LONGEST MIDDLE FINGER EVER compared to his index finger. (0:45 if the link doesn't work).

There might be a little foreshortening going on because of the angle of the index finger. But he does have a pretty short index finger if you look a his hand pictured here. Also, it looks like they cut the exact same shot of his hands doing the hashtag into the video a bunch more times (for example at 0:49, 0:51, 0:55, 1:31, etc.)
posted by beagle at 9:39 AM on September 25, 2013


RuPaul is a master of these (#RuPaulogize! #IKilledJudyGarland!!!)
posted by en forme de poire at 9:44 AM on September 25, 2013


haahahahaha, their Missy Elliott hashtag #tiesreverdnatipilfnwodgnihtymtup
posted by en forme de poire at 9:50 AM on September 25, 2013


RuPaul is a master of these (#RuPaulogize! #IKilledJudyGarland!!!)



I love that show an absolutely indecent amount but heavens to Mergatroyd that drives me effing bonkers.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:51 AM on September 25, 2013


Serious #question: I've noticed that the #egregious #overuse of hashtags (+ way 2 many abbrevs) seems to come most often from #older people in my Twitter feed. NE1 know why that is? Did everyone #over50 get the wrong #tutorial? Can they not see how #needlessly #difficult it makes #reading their tweets? Who do they think is going to #click on something like #politics? ("Whoa, look at all the people discussing entirely separate political issues up in here!" #incoherent #youredoingitwrong)
posted by gompa at 11:30 AM on September 25, 2013


I was prepared to find this stupid but was sold when Jimmy did #omnomnomnomnom with the cookie.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:41 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love that show an absolutely indecent amount but heavens to Mergatroyd that drives me effing bonkers.

I don't know, I saw it as kind of like the "available on iTunes! *wink*" shameless self-promotion - kind of obnoxious, but also sending up its own obnoxiousness.
posted by en forme de poire at 1:15 PM on September 25, 2013


Serious #question: I've noticed that the #egregious #overuse of hashtags (+ way 2 many abbrevs) seems to come most often from #older people in my Twitter feed.

Is this related to the fact that, once you pass a certain age, you start putting random words in "quotation" marks?
posted by IjonTichy at 1:18 PM on September 25, 2013


Oh man, if you get told by ?uestlove, you got TOLD.
posted by greenish at 1:35 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


#worthitforthepunchline
posted by kalessin at 2:27 PM on September 25, 2013


It took me a long time to realize that the intent of "quoting" words like that was basically to give them the sort of emphasis that you'd normally use italics for. This has done wonders to assuage my fear of the quote gremlin, whose existence I'd previously been certain of.
posted by invitapriore at 4:07 PM on September 25, 2013


I'm trying to twit and instamatic and tumble and all that because I'm told that it's the only way to build an audience anymore, but I swear to fucking god that every time I put a hashtag in a tweet, I am transported back in time to the front seat of our silver and purple Suburban with that giant microphone with the thick coily cord in my hand and my father instructing me that I should make up a proper CB handle and use the lingo correctly so I'd be taken seriously.
posted by sonascope at 6:22 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


#whenistwittergoingtodispensewithlameness
posted by Twang at 10:02 AM on September 26, 2013


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