In light of #AskThicke, I’ve summed up some of the best hashtag blunders from Twitter.
Back in October, British Gas innocently tweeted,
We are here with our Customer Service Director, Bert Pijls, answering your questions until 2pm #AskBG
This would have been a great idea, if, British Gas hadn’t raised their prices by 9.2% the same day.
Lee Vincent tweeted
Hi Bert, which items of furniture do you, in your humble opinion, think people should burn first this winter? #AskBG
I’m having to burn all the junk mail you send me in order to keep warm #AskBG
2) #WaitroseReasons. In 2012, posh supermarket chain took to twitter asking it’s customers
Finish the sentence: ‘I shop at Waitrose because…’ #WaitroseReasons.
Genuine responses were few and far between.
3) #McDStories. When McDonalds USA tweeted
the hashtag took off , but McDonalds customers weren’t loving it.
Hospitalized for food poisoning after eating McDonalds in 1989. Never ate there again nd became a Vegetarian. Should have Sued #McDStories – @alice_212
Animal rights group Peta chipped in:
To add the icing on the McFlurry, this was a sponsored hashtag, meaning McDonalds paid for there own demise. Maybe stick to hash browns instead McDonalds.
In time for the EU Elections in May, The UK Independence party launched the #WhyI’mVotingUkip
The responses were so hilarious, an @WhyImVotingUkip twitter handle was set up.
Blackberry, the smart phone maker, launched this hashtag to promote 6000 jobs it had going in ‘Research In Motion’. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, I refer you to Urban Dictionary.
This is my all-time favourite.
In November 2012, @SusanBoyleHQ used the hashtag #SusanAlbumParty to promote the Britain’s Got Talent runner up’s new album. Unfortunately for SuBo, the twitter-sphere interepted it differently.