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Origin of Hashtag in Social Media [Infographic by Wrike]

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Last updated on February 25, 2020

Origin of Hashtag in Social Media

A hashtag is now used by millions on social media especially on twitter the micro-blogging social media platform. It is indeed very interesting to know the history of the origin of hashtag in social media.

Origin of Hashtag  

Though it is all around the internet many are still do not know what it is. It is a word or phrase proceeded by a pound sign. # or a sharp note in musical notation. A tic tac toe board.

Do you know the origin of the hashtag? If not check out this infographic by @wrike via @pvariel #hashtag #wrike #pvariel Click To Tweet

A hashtag is used in social media to draw the attention, to organize and to promote or to discuss a specific issue or any other relevant subjects or events. When this is arranged in a categorical way by online users on social media it is very easy to reach and discuss or participate in the event or conversation from wherever they are.

Life and growth of #hashtag

The interesting part is that many are still curious about the origin of the first hashtag and its growth.

The social media expert Chris Messina is the one who first comes up with a hashtag on twitter. He first posted the hashtag #barcamp in August 2007. The whole tweet appeared like this: ?how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]??

The origin of hashtag and its growth is emphasized in this infographic by @wrike via @pvariel #pvariel #wrike #infographic Click To Tweet

But the fact is that it existed under the alias “Octothorpe” long before Twitter was born, and it has recently risen to prominence as an easy way to insert yourself into any online conversation.

Check out more about the origin of the hashtag in social media through this infographic brought to you by Wrike software development project management tools.

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Source. Wikipedia, Wrike

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  1. Elite tutors
    Elite tutors

    What a life history of hashtag you told. I didn’t know the etiquette of hashtags but now I understand when and where I use this in my twitter account. I really love to add hashtags but never do this before but now I can use hashtags in a correct way. Thanks for this article.

    January 31, 2020
  2. Demisson A Raujo
    Demisson A Raujo

    Very good story, hashtags are really great ways to link similar subjects, even on linkedin it is already possible to use hashtag to classify sub groups of content

    January 31, 2020
  3. Billy Johnson
    Billy Johnson

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    January 31, 2020
  4. Daniel Rocha Gualberto
    Daniel Rocha Gualberto

    The real ephemerality of hashtags is what makes them simple as well as engaging to utilize in a fast-moving interaction tool on social media like Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing. Nice to be on your website today. This is my first visit to your esteemed site. Very good, keep sharing.

    January 31, 2020
  5. Hi Philip,

    Interesting and amusing post thanks. i had no idea about the history of hashtags. It’s just one of of those conventions that you sort of become aware of. But good to dig deeper into the meaning and origin.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark
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    February 1, 2020
  6. Jessica Jones
    Jessica Jones


    I never thought of digging the history of a thing (#) that exponentially dominates social media arsenal. It’s quite exciting to know the path of # that travels. And now, it’s inevitable. It becomes a separate stream of marketing strategy though. #Hashtagmarketing. Thanks for bringing it to our notice Wrike.

    February 2, 2020
  7. Topik Bebas
    Topik Bebas

    That’s remind me of hashtag always used in IRC. Great info about hashtag history.

    February 4, 2020
  8. Rahul

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post on the origin of hashtags. Well these days, Hashtags’ growth is stagnant on Instagram. This is why people started switching to SMM panels to boost their business online.

    March 29, 2021
  9. Booster India
    Booster India

    Social media is becoming increasingly important for ranking highly on search engines. Your article is very inspiring for everyone. It will be great benefit to everyone. I will be waiting for your next article.

    August 17, 2021

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