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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?
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.