When properly used, hashtags help users find related content quickly. Hashtags help raise visibility as well as boost one’s social shares.

When the sign is used in front of a post, it categorizes it and essentially creating a hyperlink to the word.

The bad and good thing about this is that one can place the sign to any single word or a group of words consequently becoming a handy tool for joining heated conversations, collecting pictures at events and even marketing.

It has become clear that most people are using this feature regardless of age, but the unfortunate thing is there are people out there who don’t know how many is enough and as a result, they are committing a social media crime; over hashtagging!

Over-hashtagging implies you are using too many hashtags in a single post. Usually, one is supposed to use 2 to 3 short hashtags or one long hashtag, any number above this means you are overdoing it.

Someone might use your hashtag regardless of the fact that their content may not have anything to do with your post’s subject.

Why Over-Hashtagging Is Bad

– It distracts from the key message or post
– They make a post look like spam
– Makes a post look sloppy
– They use up your character considering there is character limit
– It makes one look like an amateur at it shows that you just don’t understand the hashtag concept

Using too many hashtags on your post make your content senseless. Breaking up words at every step makes it hard for people to follow what you are passing on.

A lot of hashtags overpowers a post’s content.

As soon as your follows see too many hashtags, they tend to lose interest. You do not want readers to get lost in the sea of number signs and words, so be smart when it comes to hashtagging.

In case you are worried that you are almost reaching a point of overkill, consider using none at all.