I have been putting hashtags in my instagram photos to gather more likes. Although I try to make the tags as relevant to the photos as possible. It wouldn’t be logical to post a bus and put hashtags such as #pet #dog #cat (yet some people do this). I know a few friends who uses a gozzillion hashtags (of course I’m exaggerating!) from #instagroup to #instame to #instayou and their only desire was that their photos be recognized by other instagrammers–regardless whether these are just bots which are programatically set to auto-like any post with a specific hashtag. I remember I posted a picture of a chocolate bar with a caption: Kill #Jollibee. Instantly, the user jollibeekid “liked” it. 🙂
Then I read an article by Kevin about the Aerosmisth concert in Singapore. It’s about how people has shifted their paradigm of living a moment by documenting it digitally. His observations are true. If you are interested in his article, you can read it from this link: People and the new experience of the reality.
It’s a good thing Twitter only allows 140 characters. It forces out the creativity and brevity from you. You are kept from putting half of the dictionary’s words as your hashtags–not that you don’t want it. 🙂
So, I almost decided not to put any hashtags on my instagram photos because I’m getting more inclined to “gather likes” rather than just sharing the beauty of the picture. Then I saw Jonha’s instagram of the book “The Mesh” with a hashtag #entrepreneurship. In some rare occasions, I do search for interesting books about entrepreneurships, startups, and self-improvements. If I find that the book has been read by a friend, I become more biased to it. This made me realize how important hashtags are. It’s the quickest way of referencing your photos and sharing it to others.