Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus, and many others: social networks that use hashtags as a connection tool between users’ content are now many, to the point that the typical “hash” – like the “at” @ – has been transformed into a hallmark of online communication. But who invented the hashtags and made them famous on the web?
What are hashtags? Hashtags are a kind of label that social media users put into their content to make it easily traceable. Every hashtag corresponds to a particular topic and is composed of the character # (hash or pound sign or number sign) next to the keyword chosen to become the label: for example #indoona. The presence of the hash, in fact, turns the word into a real link to all posts and threads where that hashtag has been inserted. This way we can easily group in a list thousands of content on a single topic.