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It’s been 10 years since the hashtag was invented; let’s celebrate

The hashtag is that inimitable bi-product of social media we never saw coming, but changed the way it works forever.

And this month on 23 August, it officially turned 10 years old! #HappyBirthday

Despite it’s one of the most widely used and recognised symbols in the world, did you know it was invented almost by accident.

Ten years ago, Chris Messina @chrismessina Tweeted #barcamp, the first time a hashtag was used to bring a group together.

Since then, it caught-on somewhat.

Here’s some facts about the humble hashtag.

•    Globally, an average of 125 million hashtags are shared every day on Twitter
•    The most Tweeted hashtag in 2007 was used around 9,000 times. The most-used hashtag so far in 2017 was used over 300 million times

•    We’ve Tweeted almost half a billion times with hashtags showing the love for homegrown boy band 5 Seconds of Summer (Yes. Just under half a billion.)
•    Aussie political junkies have used the #Auspol hashtag 3.5 million times
•    The most Tweeted television show hashtag of all time is #TheWalkingDead
•    The most Tweeted about movie hashtag of all time is #StarWars.
•    The most Tweeted gaming hashtag of all time is ???? (TreCru/Treasure Cruise) with over 269 million uses of the hashtag

The hashtag has changed the way the world works when it comes to social media, offering a way for people to stay connected about topics, celebrities and all sorts of other content that has fuelled our move into the future.

“When anything happens in the world, it happens on Twitter, and the hashtag is a perfect example of this. The hashtag changed everything — over the past ten years, it has become one of the most widely recognised and used symbols in the world. It created new ways to communicate, to share, and to build communities,” said Suzy Nicoletti, Managing Director of Twitter Australia.

“When you look at some of Australia’s top Twitter hashtags, you’ve got everything from social movements like #illridewithyou, to passionate fans of #5SOS, iconic sporting events like the #MelbourneCup and the ever-trending #auspol. It’s a mix that speaks to our unique culture, sense of identity and sense of humour. It’s #whatshappening.”

 

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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