Ever wonder what a “hashtag” is? You’ve probably seen the symbol or heard the term on social media sites, television, radio, in advertisements, etc. It’s what was formally (and still is) called the “pound” sign and/or “number” symbol “#” followed by a word or group of words. According to hastags.org, the history of hashtags began around 2007 on Twitter “…as an easy way for Twitter users to categorize Tweets that share a common topic or belong to a particular group.” A user is able to search a hashtag to find similar topics of conversation, event, contest or photos all grouped under the same hashtag.
For more information including the history of a hashtag visit here: http://lorirtaylor.com/the-only-hashtag-guide-youll-ever-need/
Other useful links:
- #Hashtag video with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
- What is a Hashtag? And What Do You Do With Hashtags? (smallbiztrends.com)
- History of a Hashtag
- How Hashtags Are Becoming More Universal (smallbusinessmavericks.com)
- Hashtags 101 (yourgalfriday17.wordpress.com)