Social Media Instagram What Transformation Tuesday Means and How to Use It A brief intro to this popular hashtag trend on social media By Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated January 20, 2020 Thomas Barwick/Getty Instagram Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email Transformation Tuesday is a popular trend and hashtag (#TransformationTuesday) 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 changed over the weeks/months/years (a.k.a. their "transformation"). 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 lot of people create them 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 totally up 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 just include a descriptive caption to explain how they've changed or grown over time. Others will share transformations of their own professional achievements, makeup/fashion makeovers or current day selfies paired up with past taken selfies. More examples of Transformation Tuesday posts: A dog that was just groomedA fitness or weight loss journeyA new hair styleNew home decorA manicureProgress on an artistic skill There are really no strict rules to follow. Basically, if you can communicate the message that something or someone in the photo has changed over time, it qualifies as a potential post for Transformation Tuesday. The trend is almost just as popular as the Throwback Thursday hashtag trend on Instagram. Both trends give users a good excuse to post more selfies, and we've seen hashtag trends like these slowly make their way to other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. The Difference Between Transformation Tuesday and Throwback Thursday As of now, Throwback Thursday is still 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 the lives of their younger selves in their minds. So, what's the difference between Throwback Thursday and Transformation Tuesday anyway? It's not completely clear since both trends are so open to interpretation, but in general, Tuesday's hashtag game is meant to focus on some sort of change or progression. Thursday's hashtag game, on the other hand, exists to look back and reminisce over fond memories that took place months or years ago. One could argue that change happens over time, and time always results in some degree of change, so with that said, Throwback Thursday and Transformation Tuesday are virtually identical and can be spun either way depending on what you emphasize in your posts. Overall, it just offers people a fun reason to dig around for stuff that's really meaningful to them, post what satisfies their egos and engage with their 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 the most popular, there are hashtags trend games 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 actually quite popular, and you can have a lot of fun playing around with hashtag games for each day of the week.