Hashtag this: Happy 10th birthday to hashtags on Twitter.
A decade ago, web marketing specialist Chris Messina sent off the first tweet with a hashtag — or pound sign — to help sort searches on the budding platform. He asked, “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” Apparently, Twitter users felt pretty good about his suggestion.
how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?
— ⌗ChrisMessina (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007
Today, more than 125 million hashtags are shared on average on the messaging service, according to Twitter. Back in 2007, the most used hashtag was used a mere 9,000 times, while in 2017 it’s been used more than 300 million times (although Twitter won’t share which hashtag it is).
The hashtag has now become a pillar of communication on the internet, with #OOTD (Outfit of the Day), #MCM (Man Crush Monday), and #NoFilter becoming ubiquitous online. #ThrowbackThursday and #TBT, used to highlight classic pictures, has been tweeted an obscene 120 million times in the past 10 years. It’s also carried over to Instagram, where users can easily scan for pics searching their favorite hashtags. And we can’t forget Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake spoofing the overuse of hashtags in this 2013 skit:
As you’d expect from a platform that thrives on live events, five of Twitter’s top 10 hashtags in the last decade have been from awards shows: #MTVHottest, #MTVStars, #KCA, #iHeartAwards and #BestFanArmy. Altogether they’ve been fired off 3 billion times. On the TV front, #TheWalkingDead hashtag has been used more than any other — although #GoT is on its heels.
If you want to take a stroll down hashtag memory lane, you can use #Hashtag10 on Twitter today to share your thoughts or check out what others are saying.
Read original story #HappyBirthday Twitter Hashtags: Popular Pound Function Turns 10 Years Old At TheWrap