Hashtags are used today as twitter tools to group specific topics of relevancy based upon the combination of letter & numbers used along with the pound (#) sign. Turning 10 years in 2017, hashtags was an idea generated by a Silicon Valley UX designer Chris Messina back in 2007. Hashtags revolutionized the social media industry and are now widely used on almost all social media platforms to help people connect to their topic of interest. Bringing few quick facts about hashtags in this post which will make amaze you for sure:
- Hashtags Comes From Latin Term For “Pound Weight”
Though there is no definitive origin of the hash (or pound) symbol, but there are few theories which suggest that it is a 14th century Latin symbol. People used a similar symbol called the ‘tittle’ during that time to denote letters as connected which eventually became the pound (#) sign what we see today.
- Hashtags were originally called OCTOTHORPETAG.
Hashtag was first used on the telephone dial-buttons by AT&T who wanted a complete square keypad with 10 digits (1-9, including 0). Since two spaces were remaining in order to give it a 3X4 square, they added the numeric sign and an asterisk to it. Don MacPherson, an AT&T employee gave hashtags an official name as Octothorpe – octo because it has 8 points and thorpe because he was a fan of football player Jim Thorpe.
- Twitter Initially Rejected The Hashtag Idea
Chris Messina, a Google+ UX designer when initially proposed the idea of using hashtags as groups in one of his tweet the idea fall flat in front of twitter team. They rejected the idea at first but later adopted it after the idea got popular.
- Officially Entered the Oxford Dictionary
In 2014 the Oxford dictionary added the hashtag into its database as follows:
“hashtag n. (on social media web sites and applications) a word or phrase preceded by a hash and used to identify messages relating to a specific topic; (also) the hash symbol itself, when used in this way.”