We live in a world of constant notifications and updates. Your friend is posting pictures of her glamorous holiday and you're sitting on the couch downing your second glass of wine, wondering why you can't afford to go on vacation or do anything fun.
The truth is we live in a FOMO world, and social media is making it harder for us to live in the moment and actually enjoy our lives. Instead, we obsess over what other people are doing and how many likes our last Instagram photo received. Did we lose you at FOMO? FOMO means "fear of missing out." Which is easy to feel when you constantly see your friends and family updates on social media.
I recently learned that the hashtag was actually invented by a Twitter user in 2007 and not the company itself. In fact, they initially rejected the idea, thinking it was for nerds! Since then, hashtags have become such an integral feature of the social media world that I suspect my future children won’t ever refer to the “#” symbol as a pound sign.
Although hashtags have been around for over a decade I still see people using them ineffectively all the time. I’ve put together some basic dos and don’ts so that you can be a #socialmediaqueen. Or at least someone who knows how to hashtag properly.