Owl wearing reading glasses

Wanna make a diff, today? CamelBack!

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♦️ Published: Feb 4, 2017  |  Updated: Oct 24, 2019 @  |  Words: 239 ♦️

Not everyone sees social media with retinas. Post like you’re woke!

THINK before you hashtag! CamelBacks = universal friends.

Ever try to read a smartphone or tablet screen, under bright sun? Multiply by infinity.

Some need reading glasses; others, a screen reader.
Some need reading glasses; others, a screen reader.

Welcome to the world of sight-challenged folks, many relying on screen readers. We, the sighted, blow past countless daily opportunities to empower others. Case in point: social media hashtags.

We use hashtags to signal trending news topics, pull interested researchers to a specific subject, and more. But hashtags, wielded by the uninformed, devolve into egregious offenders to readability / accessibility. How? When eyes function, one glance discerns #dobetter. But screen readers choke at the mashup. In contrast, a screen reader can translate and hence convey a camelback hashtag—like #DoBetter—to the person TRYing to enjoy social media.

Camel with dual humped back
The Camel: huge hashtag hint

So please, think before you hashtag! Camelback those badBoys, so #AllCanSee and #AllCanEnjoy. It takes minimal extra effort, yet pays huge dividends.

Incidentally, no need to take my word. Google → screen readers hashtag accessibility ← for details.

 

 

 

 

 

Owl wearing reading glasses
Not everyone sees social media with retinas. Post like you’re woke!

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