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Monday, February 02, 2009

Pandemic Sweeps Web 2.0


Psychologists have warned of a dangerous new mental illness which is sweeping the Social Media community and may result in fatalities.

Doctors claim that #Hashtagitis, which is linked to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and manifests itself as an overbearing need to ensure every single Tweet is searchable via a #hashtag at least once, is spreading rapidly and threatens the mental health of many in the online world of social media.

There are reports of several Twitter users forcing themselves into a recursive loop, where their #hashtags need to be #hashtagged and those #hashtags also need #hashtagging - until they run out of characters to actually say anything, at which point panic attacks, incontinence and catatonia can set in.

Web 2.0 guru Scobie Brogan voiced his concern, saying, "Hashtagitis, though a mental disorder, is highly contagious - let's face it, the bulk of Social Media wonks aren't exactly stable. We do need to keep this problem front of mind, so I've given it the #hashtag #Hashtagitis. Oh bugger", at which point his head exploded.

The recent weather chaos in the UK has reportedly exacerbated the #Hashtagitis pandemic, with millions of users attempting to fit their every action into the #uksnow hashtag.

More information on this debilitatiing condition, and advice on how to deal with it affected, can be found by searching Twitter for #hashtagitis or #hashtags. Oops.

3 comments:

Sim-O said...

heh. very astute :-)

#pisstake

Obnoxio The Clown said...

I'm proud to say I didn't understand a word of this.

Ernie said...

Hehehe yes I do have a mental disorder, Twitter addict is probably the most noticeable #BSFAW I can't help myself LOL