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8 Days of Thanksgivvukah in Picture Quotes: Day #3

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I am on Day 3 of my 8 days of Thanksgivvukah in picture quote format where I post one thing I am grateful or ungrateful for.

Day 3: Ungrateful for Hashtag Crimes

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Friends don't let friends commit hashtag crimes. Hashtagging is for tracking, indexing and humoring. As with anything you do, hashtag with consciousness and awareness. Here is my Hashtag Haiku:

Please don't hashtag much
You look desperate, so sad
Just be yourself, k?

Things you don't hashtag:
1. Full sentences like #OverlyHashtagAndYouAppearAmateurSocialMediaMaven unless you are Jimmy Fallon and it's part of your sketch.
2. Definite articles like "the", prepositions like "of" or "under"
3. Gerunds like #loving or #sharing

Things you can hashtag
1. Shows like #BreakingBad to connect to your TV watching community
2. Words that make you post funnier like #fail or #NOT
3. Campaigns you want to track like Charlie Sheen's #Winning or Southern Comfort's #WhateversComfortable

I could go on, but those are a few good rules to wean you off the hashtag.

If you are serious about getting hashtag dry, have a look here at Facebook's hashtag best practices and Twitter hashtag best practices. And if you want more, try Mashable's guide to Hashtagging.

Follow me on Twitter @brandinista and get ready for tomorrow's Picture Quote.
Hint: Everyone hates them except Chanel and I.