Twitter celebrates 10 years of the #hashtag – invented by accident?

On August 23, 2007, the #hashtag was born on Twitter

On August 23, 2007, the #hashtag was born on Twitter.

Now a significant part of the internet culture, Twitter has revealed one of the most widely used and recognised symbols in the world was invented almost by accident.

10 years ago, Chris Messina @chrismessina tweeted #barcamp, the first time a hashtag was used to bring a group together.

• Globally, an average of 125 million hashtags are shared every day on Twitter
• The most-tweeted hashtag in 2007 was used around 9,000 times. The most-used hashtag so far in 2017 was used over 300 million times

Suzy Nicoletti, managing director of Twitter Australia, said:

“When anything happens in the world, it happens on Twitter, and the hashtag is a perfect example of this. The hashtag changed everything – over the past 10 years, it has become one of the most widely recognised and used symbols in the world. It created new ways to communicate, to share, and to build communities.

Suzy Nicoletti

“When you look at some of Australia’s top Twitter hashtags, you’ve got everything from social movements like #illridewithyou, to passionate fans of #5SOS, iconic sporting events like the #MelbourneCup and the ever-trending #auspol. It’s a mix that speaks to our unique culture, sense of identity and sense of humour. It’s #whatshappening.”

Hashtags in Australia:
• Almost half a billion tweets with hashtags showing the love for 5 Seconds of Summer
• Political junkies have used the #Auspol hashtag 3.5 million times

Global hashtag champs:
• The most tweeted television show hashtag of all time is #TheWalkingDead
• The most tweeted about movie hashtag of all time is #StarWars.
• The most tweeted gaming hashtag of all time is トレクル (TreCru/Treasure Cruise) with over 269 million

Twitter users can join the celebration today by tweeting with #hashtag10 from 2pm AEST on August 23.  Using #hashtag10 will activate a 24-hour custom emoji to celebrate the 10th birthday of the hashtag.

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