I don’t do Twitter (or Instagram, or Snapchat for that matter) and I must admit I’m not really sure what it’s actually used for – well, apart from bragging (or whining) on a daily basis about the wonders and woes of being US President – so this whole hashtag thing really confuses me. I mean, what is a hashtag for? I understand it’s a hash symbol (#), and it’s a tag like tagging someone in FaceBook except it’s a word not a person, therefore ‘hashtag’. I get that bit. But WHY?
What does Twitter actually do? My FaceBook account is bad enough – I have a personal profile shared only with friends and family, where I can post photographs and update my status and (through my newsfeed) catch up with other friends who also have FaceBook. And I use the term ‘friends’ to mean people I already know, as historically I’ve been relatively private about what I share with the world at large. It’s just a bit of fun, an added extra on top of other forms of communication between me and my real-life friends and family.
And now I have my blog here on WordPress, which is almost entirely virtual, and very much a public online space for me to share my poems and photographs and random musings on life. Through our individual blogs we are all seeking to make connections and build virtual friendships with other bloggers who we may then follow and who may also follow us. Strangers have become virtual friends. But to me there still appears to be a personal investment inherent in blogging that somehow seems to be missing in Twitter.
If blogging is more about the quality of personal interactions then tweeting to me seems to be all about the quantity – how many tweets, how many followers, however tenuous the links? Am I missing something? Am I missing out by giving Twitter a wide berth? Please help educate this social media dinosaur seeking enlightenment – hashtag confused… 🙂