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Let’s Talk About Hashtags: Twitter continues to spawn new social practices, and new words to talk about them

Let’s Talk About Hashtags: Twitter continues to spawn new social practices, and new words to talk about them

This was the year when the hashtag became a ubiquitous phenomenon in online talk. In the Twittersphere and elsewhere, hashtags have created instant social trends, spreading bite-sized viral messages on topics ranging from politics to pop culture. —Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society Illustration: Jesse Lefkowitz Back on 23 August 2007, Google interface designer and BarCamp cofounder Chris Messina posed a fateful question on Twitter: How do you feel, he asked, “about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg] ?” It was the first use of a hashtag , which is a term preceded by the hash (or pound or number) sign [#] that serves to group similar tweets. People talking about, say, the World Economic Forum, might include #Davos or #WEF in their tweets. Searching Twitter for a hashtag returns all the recent tweets that include it. 
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