AU­GUST | #Hash­tag10


Au­gust 23, 2017 marked the 10th an­niver­sary of none but Twit­ter’s iconic hash­tag sym­bol. The plat­form cel­e­brated this his­tor­i­cal oc­ca­sion through yet an­other hash­tag: #Hash­tag10, and tweeted a trib­ute thread un­der it, start­ing with a quoteretweet of the first ever tweet where the hash­tag char­ac­ter was used as a way of group­ing mes­sages. The 2007 tweet in ques­tion was writ­ten by Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy evan­ge­list Chris Messina, cred­ited since then as the in­ven­tor of the hash­tag (even though he did not even work for Twit­ter at the time). “From break­ing news to move­ments that unite us and bring about change. Here's to 10 years of trend­ing hash­tags on Twit­ter. #Hash­tag10,” the last tweet in the cel­e­bra­tory thread read. In a spe­cial an­niver­sary blog post trac­ing the ori­gins of the hash­tag, Twit­ter co-founder Biz Stone also re­ported that no less than 125 mil­lion hash­tags are tweeted ev­ery day on av­er­age!

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