Hashtags

A little more repetitive explanation of sorts… please bear with it… we will get to some new stuff very soon.

We are now almost a month into our third year here at Zero’s World and it’s time for some new hashtags, but I know there are some out there that still don’t understand my hashtags, so again, I’ll explain.

It started as a sort of inside joke that grew into another inside joke. Back when I first discovered Twitter I kept seeing the # sign all over the place. I stupidly called it a pound sign not knowing it was called a hashtag, but I was quickly schooled to what it was. I understood people used them to connect their Tweets to other tweets of similar subjects, but I thought people get a little “hashtag happy”. They hashtag everything and it made me laugh a little. Soon after that other social media sites including Facebook was using hashtags, they were here to stay and everyone was “hashtag happy”. Later when I started Zero’s World on Facebook and Twitter (yes there is still a Zero’s World Twitter I just hate going there, Twitter is way too depressing), I used hashtags (#) not only to link the blog posts to trending topics, but as an inside joke on hashtags by over using them. I really overused them for a while.

Now, the average reader may not know this, but I brought Linda to social media, seriously I did, ask her. I’ve apologised to her several times for it, it’s a messed up thing to do to someone, I know.  So when Linda saw all my use of hashtags (#) she asked what they were for. I explained as it was first explained to me. I also told her I was using them so much to kind of poke fun at people who use them way too much.  It was then I decided to make a running gag type hashtag on the blog. A hashtag tour. With that #2014FuckYouTour was born. It seemed right since the blog had started with a top 10 “fuck you” list. It wasn’t quite the typical hashtag since it was very unlikely someone else out there would hashtag their post or tweet #2014FuckYouTour, so it was very unlikely my posts and tweets would be connected to other posts and tweets which is the main purpose of the hashtag as I already explained. But it did make fun of overused hashtags, so mission accomplished. Plus the hashtag did work well on Facebook connecting all blog posts and Facebook posts that had to do with hate pages and sites found on Facebook and other social media. In fact that’s what the whole tour was about… saying fuck you to the racist and  homophobic nut cases polluting social media. And I had lots of fun doing it.

I had so much fun that when the second year of the blog came to an end, I decided to have a new hashtag (#). I wanted something that I knew would puzzle people but also fit very well with how I thought the blog would go that second year. I came up with #WorldsCollide.

What did it mean? Well quite a lot actually. Do you know what it’s like when friends at work start to hang out with your friends outside work? Or when old friends you grew up with start to hang out with your new friends? Or when any of your friends get friendly with family members? You know, when one part of your life merges with a totally separate part of your life. It may go great and make things even better than before. Or it could go bad, creating waves and explosions. I could give more specific examples, but I think that will do. it was this basic idea of worlds colliding that I based the hashtag on, but like so much here it meant much more than that. It was about the upcoming clashes of politics and religion we could all see coming in the world. All the world colliding with itself and everyone’s individual world in danger of being destroyed by these collisions.

And worlds did collide, which I helped out by sharing links to the blog all over, colliding the worlds of Dorothy and her friends and foes as well as Bill Windsor and his Lawless Lemmings. bringing some of them here… worlds colliding.  And then I brought some of my own world in by posting links to the blog on both my regular Facebook (lol, regular Facebook, you all know what that means, I wonder how many people out there have at least 2 Facebook accounts) and my old Stranger Facebook bringing in people from my own world to collide here. It actually made the off-blog discussions really kick into high gear. with so many worlds colliding, much more people were finding the blog and wondering what the hell it was really about.

As the second year went on, the 2016 presidential race started up. I felt it needed its own hashtag (#). I decided since it was year two on the blog, why not 2 hashtags, and then in year three we could have 3 hashtags… beauty idea, eh?

I wanted it to be a really long hashtag… one that said way too much and would never link to any other’s hashtag. I came up with:
#2016PresidentialElectionCoverageAndOtherPoliticalStuffThatNeedsToBeDiscussed

Perfect!

There you have it, the Zero’s World Hashtags explained (again). And now it’s time for the third year of hashtags, and as I just explained, there will be 3 of them (the number of hashtags matching the year that the blog is in, get it now?). I was just gonna throw them in when I felt like it, but why confuse it all again when I can announce each of them ahead of time and explain exactly what they mean and the give 3 separate examples. So here we go.

First we have:

#Three– Did you see it coming? It’s the third year so you can expect a lot of threes in it and they will all be marked with the #Three. The cool thing about this is it might actually work as a real hashtag and connect my 3s to other posts and tweets about other 3s. There’s definitely more of a chance than the first 3 hashtags of the previous 2 years had.

Next there’s:

#2016PresdidentialElectionCoverage– I had to continue the presidential coverage, it’s just getting good. I had to shorten the tag though, the other one was way to long to remember. This one has an even greater chance of being an actual used hashtag, so I guess it’s time to dust off the Twitter account.

The third and final hashtag of year three is a special one. You see, since I started there have been some out there who really want to try to get at me. “Printin’ lies startin’ controversy”. (that’s from the Guns N’ Roses song Get In The Ring. Did you guys hear they are getting back together? I can’t fucking wait!)

Plus there are those out there who have been dealing with madness much longer than me. so the third hashtag will be for all those (you know who you are) who have had to put up with some messed up behavior from a certain group of people (you also know who you are). They are special posts that will be marked with #Purge. I’m sure these posts will delight some while others might not be so delighted.

There you have it, the Zero’s World Hashtags explained in full detail. But if you are still lost, the next 3 posts will be examples of each of the new hashtags.

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