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  • Spamming your message by using a popular # tag that will attract attention from trend followers.

    Example Sentence: "Users of the micro-blogging site were quick to lambast the furniture chain for using "hashtag spam" - the practice of using popular topics on Twitter to pass along links to e-commerce sites or porn." (Siobhan Chapman , Computerworld UK , 06/24/2009)

    September 13, 2009

  • hashtag spam

    Meaning: Spamming your message by using a popular # tag that will attract attention from trend followers.

    Example Sentence: "Users of the micro-blogging site were quick to lambast the furniture chain for using "hashtag spam" - the practice of using popular topics on Twitter to pass along links to e-commerce sites or porn." (Siobhan Chapman , Computerworld UK , 06/24/2009)

    Due to the popularity of trending topics, opportunistic Twitterers have discovered that they can potentially reach more eyeballs if they append a trending hashtag to their tweet. The activity is known as hashtag spam, and it’s unfortunately pretty commonplace and often inappropriate, just look at Habitat’s spam tactics as an example. - Source: Mashable | Article: 10 People You Won’t See on Twitter Anymore

    Habitat is a trendy furniture store, set up by Terence Conran in the 1970s, for those who’ve never been to the UK its like a slightly more upmarket version of Ikea. @HabitatUK turned up on Twitter a couple of days ago, and decided to use trending topic #hashtags at the start of their tweets to get noticed. They used ones that had absolutely nothing to do with furniture, decorating, or shopping, but obviously the top hashtags for Thursday evening AEST such as #iPhone #mms #Apple and even Australia’s Masterchef contestant who got voted off #Poh... Thanks to Twitter’s immediacy and public transparency, you can be quickly picked up on spammy behaviour - and the Twitter community made their disappointment clear to @HabitatUK. - Source: Digital Print | Article: How not to use Twitter: HabitatUK as a case study

    September 13, 2009