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!