One of my biggest pet peeves was when my friends on Facebook would hashtag on their status or in their replies. And the only times I committed aforementioned social media faux pas, were because I was sharing my Instagram pictures on Facebook.
I thought hashtagging on Facebook was stupid because:
1. it served no purpose
2. it was not supported by the social media platform
3. it was redundant to the comment or status my friends posted
4. some people went overboard and entered a hashtag frenzy for no apparent reason
Today, I found out that Facebook supports the function now. It’s adopted the popular trend from Twitter and Instagram, and is now utilizing it. So, I can’t say that the platform does not support it, or that it serves no relevant function anymore, because it serves the same purpose as it would on Twitter and Instragram. However, it is still remains a pet peeve because it’s just not where it belongs (in my opinion anyway). I feel that hashtags belong on Twitter and Instagram, because it makes those platforms unique. By adding the feature to Facebook, it feels as though Facebook is monopolizing social media… except, with every new implementation and change on Facebook, the less I want to use it.
I remember joining Facebook my freshman year of high school. It was the new hype because it finally allowed high school students to join. It was so much more organized than MySpace, it was a new and fresh version of MySpace and I was intrigued. Everything was easily accessible and simple, but as years pass by Facebook gets more complicated, and annoying. There are ads everywhere, and clutter from apps. And now, it’s a conglomerate of all the various social media platforms. It’s not unique anymore, it’s not cool or fresh or new. It’s a hassle to navigate, especially with the timeline.
Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to quit Facebook because everyone relies on it. Events to birthday parties, or group hangouts are coordinated on Facebook now. Instead of texting each other, people communicate via Facebook message, pictures from events are posted on Facebook and no longer emailed or shared on flickr or some other platform. No, after years, Facebook has become ingrained into my life and my everyday functions — I feel unsettled when I don’t check my Facebook account for over a week period.
I miss talking on the phone, or seeing people in person. I miss mass texts to coordinate meetups and events. I miss personal connections with other people. I miss keeping in touch through traditional means, and learning about how people are doing by talking to them… not by reading what they had to post or change of relationship status.
Maybe hashtags on Facebook will be the final push for me to turn my back on Facebook? Maybe… I hope so.