© Provided by: SKAi.gr 10 years hashtag on Twitter
Naturally celebrating Twitter the hashtag’s birthday. How? Of course with a hashtag. Under #hashtag, wishes are published for the ten years of use of the Twitter sign.
On August 23, 2007, American Chris Messina suggested Twitter use the symbol to categorize users posts. The aim was to put a class on countless posts, or at least to see aggregate posts on the same topic. Messina’s idea was to create groups to discuss the same issue. As it happened.
Initially, however, Twitter’s officials were not convinced by the idea of a lawyer and a former Google employee.
“They directly told me that these are for the nerds and will never become fashion,”
he remembers the reaction of his associates. But history has justified him. Today, the hashtag is not only widely used on Twitter but has been extended to other social media tools such as Facebook and Instagram.
The most popular hashtags:
There are many hashtags that have been caused and used by millions of people in recent years. Hashtags with messages of solidarity, sadness or anger for example. As when people from all over the world expressed their sorrow for the victims of the attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo under the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie.
In the summer of 2015 in Germany the #RefugeesWelcome hashtag was used over 500,000 times as a welcome message to the refugees. However, it was also used by far-right people who wanted to spread hatred by misusing this hashtag.
This is a phenomenon that is often observed and will certainly not be addressed in the near future, because social networking is open to all and difficult to control.
“I did not care to make money from the hashtag.”
Meanwhile, the hashtag has spread to other networks, noting much of the success of Instagram.
“It has become quite easy to see that it is hard to find a photo without description,”
says Chris Messina.
“Instead of complicated descriptions, people simply use hashtags.”
Messina watches the success of the hashtag with satisfaction. Quite often they ask him why he did not patent it. He replies:
“I was not interested in making money from the hashtag. The hashtag was born on the internet and should not belong to anyone. “