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The social construction of the Twitter #hashtag

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How Twitter’s Hashtag Came to Be

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So it’s hard to believe that at one time, hashtags weren’t a part of the Twitter lexicon. Not only that, but Twitter initially rejected the idea of hashtags.

The invention of the hashtag is credited to Chris Messina. The 32-year-old has worked as a developer and UX designer at Google but left in August to join the San Francisco based startup NeonMob. In his Twitter bio, Messina refers to himself as the hashtag godfather.

On Aug. 23, 2007, Messina sent out the following tweet: “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” And with that, the hashtag was born.

The hashtag was based on the idea of channels used in Internet Relay Chat and in Jaiku, a Twitter competitor that was later bought by Google. But the real inspiration, according to a blog post Messina wrote in 2007, was that he wanted to have a “better eavesdropping experience on Twitter.”

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Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities | Impact of Social Sciences

Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities | Impact of Social Sciences | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
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