Happy Birthday To Twitter’s Hashtag As It Turns 10
Twitter’s Hashtag that was originally meant to just tag or categorize tweets was introduced on August 23, 2007. Ten years ago, Twitter user Chris Messina for the very first time, tweeted #barcamp with an objective to make the tweet search easier. With the help of hashtag users can see simply the tweets they are more interested in. Because of its prevalent use, the word ‘hashtag’ was introduced in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014.
How hashtag evolved?
Biz Stone, one of the Twitter co-founder, explains the story that lies behind hashtag. He said that web marketing specialist Messina’s idea was useful, fun and simple just like Twitter. Because brevity is must on Twitter, it was proposed using the ‘hash’ or ‘pound’ character common on phones to create groups of correlated Tweets. It was an unquestionably elegant proposal, however this really required him to get back to work. He turned back to his computer screen so as to get Twitter back up and working, closing the conversation with a positive sarcastic. It was a promising thing as Messina went ahead and followed the suggestion, which resulted in the first ever Twitter hashtag – #barcamp.
By using hashtags on Twitter, users across the glove have made this social media platform their microphone, defined culture, and changed the world. Hashtags ate searchable on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Googleplus and many other social media websites. In the present time, somewhere around 125 million hashtags on average are shared internationally per day on the platform.
The most popular hashtags globally are #NowPlaying which was referred more than one billion times, #ThrowbackThursday used more than 120 million times and #FollowFriday which was used over half billion times. #TheWalkingDead has remained the most tweeted TV show hashtag of all time while in the movies segment, it was #StarWars. The most tweeted international sporting event hashtag achievement goes to #Euro2016.