Hashtag Chalkboard

25 Sep

We are a social media family. Between being a blogger myself and my husband being an e-commerce marketer, we are no strangers to Facebook or Twitter (or any other social media site). A while back I did a vinyl decor spoof with Facebook flair. I still love it, and it is still on our wall in the loft. This time around, I did a Twitter spoof. It was my husband’s idea, I just carried it out (although, to give credit where it is due, he picked out the wood and spray painted the first couple coats). We made a Hashtag Chalkboard for our kitchen.

Hashtag Chalkboard

Using a scrap piece of 2×6 from our deck, we spray painted it with chalkboard paint. We must have done 4 or 5 coats before we started getting the result we wanted. Using vinyl as a stencil, I spray painted a hashtag (or pound symbol or number symbol or hash) using a color called “Global Blue”.

What are hashtags? Here is how Twitter defines them:

Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. 
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword..
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Has tags are now very common in Facebook status updates and Instagram photo comments. It has become more than just a topic search. Many times people use it as an undertone to their status or update. Like my photo on Instagram from when I was bit by a spider, I hashtagged, #spiderbite and #neverdoingyardworkagain.

This Hashtag Chalkboard we made is going to serve many purposes, and I’m very excited to have been using it already. From a Menu board:Hashtag Menu Board

to a love note board:

Chalkboard Menu Board

 This craft is going to see a loooong life 🙂 Or so I hope so.

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