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The History of Hashtags in Social Media Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

The History of Hashtags in Social Media Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag (#), but it certainly popularised it with the masses.

Once more commonly referred to as the pound sign, online use of the hashtag began on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) in the late 1990s, where it was used to categorise items into groups. In August 2007, designer Chris Messina asked his followers how they felt about using the pound sign to group conversations on the micro-blogging platform, and thus became the first person to use the hashtag on Twitter.

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The Life Of The Hashtag Before Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Life Of The Hashtag Before Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

The hashtag as we know it was born in August 2007, when designer Chris Messina, the self-described “hash godfather,” asked his Twitter followers what they thought of using the pound sign to group conversations on Twitter.

Six years later, hashtags are completely integral to social media, having spread beyond Twitter to Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and even farther (including real-world conversations). Hashtags add context, humor, organization and the potential for virality to your tweets.

But what was the life of the hashtag before Twitter made it famous?

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The History Of #Hashtags [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking Of Using A Hashtag On Twitter? 4 Quick Tips To Maximise ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

What was your first hashtag?

Chances are you don’t remember – they have been around (at least in their modern sense) since 2007, after all – and if you’re in any way an active user of social media, particularly Twitter or Instagram, everyday use of hashtags has pretty much become par for the proverbial course.

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