Hashtags (#) have taken over the world!!
“The metadata tags have been actually been around for quite some time, first being used in 1988 on a platform known as Internet Relay Chat or IRC. They were used much then as they are today, for grouping messages, images, content, and video into categories. The purpose of course, is so users can simply search hashtags and get all the relevant content associated with them.
Fast forward to October of 2007, when Nate Ridder, a resident of San Diego, California started appending all his posts with the hashtag #sandiegofire. It was intended to inform people worldwide about the ongoing wildfires in the area at the time.
Stowe Boyd is the blogger who was first said to have officially called them “hash tags” in a blog post in August, 2007. I remember reading that blog post, because at the time, it was the only thing that showed up in search results when you curiously Googled the term “hash tag”.
By July of 2009, Twitter hashtags were formally adopted by Twitter and anything with a # in front of it became hyper-linked. And the move was later accentuated when Twitter introduced “Trending Topics”, placing the most popular hashtags right on its homepage.” (taken from About.com “History of Hashtags”)
“Timberlake and Fallon hilariously recreated a normal human conversation… but with the ridiculousness of hashtags hastily appended to every statement. This is how we all sound like on Twitter. Or on Facebook. Or on Instagram. Or in life.” (taken from Gizmodo.com “How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags”)
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