10 Problem Hashtags On Twitter

Problem Hashtags

Earlier tonight I saw a tweet from the always awesome excel Queen Annie Cushing that contained the hashtag “#firstworldseoproblems”. For whatever reason, perhaps my ADD, I clicked on it to see if others had used it. Much to my surprise at least one other person had. Then this got me thinking, what other problem hashtags are there that some people might not be aware of? And after some random searching, and after reading some really weird conversations *shakes head* I found ten problem hashtags I’d like to share:

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A venn diagram, a mustache and bieber get inserted into a post

Meh, okay so the title is bit of a joke, but oh well. Figured I needed to update my blog for the new year and what better way then making another list of favorited tweets that’ve been collected. Enjoy.

https://twitter.com/#!/owlcity/status/106765185691299840

https://twitter.com/#!/faustshausuk/status/128564933800636419

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Starting My Favorited Tweets Over Again

The other day I decided to clean out my favorite tweets on Twitter, I think there may be one I found from that day (sneak peek). It just got to be too much to try to organize and when I started favoriting tweets with the purpose of reading the article linked to at a later time (most of the time I never did) it got cluttered. So while I was going through cleaning them out I decided to snag the URL of some that I wanted to share before I started all over again. I hope you enjoy:

Fergie is the master of the Elaine dance

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25 Favorited Tweets Part Três

Greetings readers! I know some of you may be a bit surprised to read a post not pertaining to 101 alternative uses for “random item”. Truth be told I really wanted to, but work just got busy and I really couldn’t get focused on writing a complete list. So instead of letting the blog go neglected for a week I’d do another “25 favorited tweets” post. I’ve done two in the past but haven’t really done any in a while. Some of them have been industry related (SEO & SMM) and some not. I’ve amassed over 200 or so favorite tweets and just picked 25 that haven’t been used. But enough rambling, here is my third set of 25 favorited tweets:

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25 Favorited Tweets Part Deux

After the positive feedback from the first round of favorited tweets I figured why not do it again. I’ll admit this post did come a little faster than I thought it would, but hey when you’re getting good tweets you want to share them right? So without further ado, here are the next set of tweets:

1.

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/JackLeblond/status/28559483122749441″]

2.

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/AlanBleiweiss/status/29595442492743680″]

3.

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/katemorris/status/29649780435058688″]

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Using Auto-Start Media Correctly

Before I begin, let me clearly state that I am not a huge fan of using auto-start media on websites. I don’t think there is ever a reason it should be used. If not done correctly it can really disrupt the users experience on your site. If done incorrectly one of three things is bound to happen:

  • The user is already listening to something and the dual audio will be unpleasant.
  • The user (for some reason) doesn’t have any speakers to hear the audio. Not to mention if you’re using something other than traditional video embedding (YouTube/Vimeo), their computer may need to update/download in order for the video to function properly.
    • I’ll admit most users should make sure their computer is up to date and all peripherals are working properly, but it is still a risk to take.
    The user may get confused when the audio from the video is someone speaking and visible text on the website is different from the speech. I can’t think of very many people that can read something while hearing someone talk about something else and comprehend both at the same time.
    • If the video is of someone talking, I think it best to keep the amount of text to a minimum, unless the text is a script of the audio so users can read along.

    So if you must use it, I recommend paying attention to the following.

    Keep It Above The Fold

    A video typically has two elements, visual and audio. One thing I look for immediately when something starts up, is the source. If the video sounds like something I’d be interested in I’d also like to SEE it rather than scroll down and start it over to see what I missed. If you’re only giving visitors’ one element they’re missing the other or may assume it’s just an audio file. So if a video is important enough the users should see it immediately when they arrive place it in a place where they can see it and hear it right away.

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25 Favorited Tweets

When Twitter first rolled out the favorite tweet feature I wasn’t really sure if I’d be using it or not. Mainly because I didn’t want to use the new version of Twitter, but thankfully Tweetdeck updated and allowed me to be able to favorite tweets without being able to use the web interface. Now if they could just let me view my favorites from the desktop application that’d be great. I like to think of the favorite tweet feature as a type of bookmarking. Any tweets I think I’d like to remember or reference at a later time I can just browse my favorite tweets and find what I’m looking for. So I’ve decided to share my favorite tweets, twenty-five at a time. Some of them are industry related, some of them aren’t. I hope you enjoy and consider following the tweeps whom did the original tweeting.

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Is your hashtag being spammed?

A few months ago I started following the #seochat. For those who don’t know, the #seochat takes place every Thursday at 6:00 PM PST. An industry expert is brought in to answer a few questions by one of three moderators, in addition to fielding inquiries asked by the peanut gallery. The chat is pretty basic, and usually takes an hour or so. I have to say, the #seochat is very informative and entertaining at the same time. In order to keep current on who is up next to be interviewed I monitor the hashtag. But lately the #seochat is getting spammed; pathetically ridiculously it’s just getting spammed. So rather than just ignore the hashtag completely I’ve taken a few steps to help alleviate the frustration:

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Conference hashtags you should pay attention to

I’ve had the privilege to go to some fantastic search marketing conferences this year. However, there are some great conferences going on right now I wish I could be at but can’t. I’d love to, but that’s a lot of money and traveling. Not to mention many conferences overlap each other. Thankfully there is a way to get a lot of information from these conferences without attending. I’m talking of course about monitoring the hashtag for each conference. Conference goers frequently tweet key points and links to resources referenced throughout the sessions. Also, when each session is over those who have been live blogging the session will be posting their notes for everyone to read and learn.

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#FF IRL Edition – Why These Tweeps?

Well I almost didn’t do a Follow Friday post today. But I figured I’d better, have to keep pushing myself to stay consistent. When it came to picking what topic to base this Follow Friday on I found myself in quite the conundrum. I mean I just got to meet a lot of people I’ve met via Twitter locally last night at the inaugural Social Media Club of Johnson County; and this weekend I’ll be meeting up with some tweeps I haven’t met yet/have already met at BlueGlass LA. So, I thought I’d make a mix of the two and call this edition of #FF IRL Tweeps:

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