What Transformation Tuesday Means and How to Use It

A brief intro to this popular hashtag trend on social media

What to Know

  • On Tuesdays, people are encouraged to post transformational photos on social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.
  • Many people create these posts in the form of a before and after photo, often using photo collage apps to break up the post into two images.
  • Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday are two other social media trends where people post photos from the past.

This article explains Transformation Tuesday (#TransformationTuesday), a popular trend and hashtag that people use on Instagram and other social networks. You can think of it as a fun way for people to share more about themselves and the way they've grown or transformed over the weeks, months, or years.

How Transformation Tuesday Is Used on Social Networks

On Tuesdays, people are encouraged to post transformational photos of themselves on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and others, along with the hashtag in the description.

A model before and after makeup application.

Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

Many people create these posts in the form of a before and after photo, often using photo collage maker apps to break up the photo into two parts so that one side shows the before photo, and the other side shows the after photo. 

The transformation part of the trend is open to how you interpret it. Some people post photos of themselves when they were children alongside a photo of them all grown up.

Alternatively, someone might post a single photo without another side-by-side comparison photo and include a descriptive caption to explain how they have changed or grown over time. Others share transformations of their professional achievements, makeup or fashion makeovers, or current day selfies paired with past taken selfies.

More examples of Transformation Tuesday posts:

  • A dog that was just groomed
  • A fitness or weight loss journey
  • A new hairstyle
  • New home decor
  • A manicure
  • Progress on an artistic skill

There are no strict rules to follow. Communicating a message that something or someone in the photo has changed over time qualifies as a potential post for Transformation Tuesday.

The trend is almost as popular as the Throwback Thursday hashtag trend on Instagram. Both trends give users a good excuse to post more selfies, and hashtag trends like these make it to other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

The Difference Between Transformation Tuesday and Throwback Thursday

As of now, Throwback Thursday is the big hashtag trend that reigns supreme, even blending in with Flashback Friday. Flashback Friday is an extension of Thursday's hashtag for people who love posting nostalgic photos or videos and reliving their younger selves' lives in their minds.

So, what's the difference between Throwback Thursday and Transformation Tuesday? It's not clear since both trends are open to interpretation. Still, Tuesday's hashtag game focuses on some change or progression. On the other hand, Thursday's hashtag game exists to look back and reminisce over fond memories that took place months or years ago.

Overall, it offers a fun reason to dig around for meaningful stuff and engage with friends and followers more often on social media.

Other Fun Weekday Hashtag Games on Social Media

Although the hashtag trends for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday tend to be popular, there are hashtags trends that you can participate in all week long. Some days even have multiple ones.

For example, you might have seen hashtags for #MCM (Man Crush Monday) or #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday). Both are popular, and you can have fun playing around with hashtag games for each day of the week.

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