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The Trend Behind #Hashtags

If you work in a company or industry that frequently attends, hosts or promotes conferences then you may be familiar with the moment you first used a hashtag. Such events as SXSW utilize hashtags to help Twitter users quickly filter through the Twitter Universe, simply by searching for #SXSW. The use of hashtags actually started way back in 2007 when designer Chris Messina suggested using the pound sign as a way to organize conversations on Twitter. Over time, the introduction of apps like Instagram offered similar search methods as Twitter, as hashtags allowed users to quickly find a favorite topic or theme. Instagram is a great example of where hashtags went wrong. Instagram, for instance, allows users to cross-post by simply checking multiple apps when publishing a photograph. Seeing as Facebook is a photo-sharing heavy social media outlet, many photos on Facebook quickly became bumped posts originally shared on Instagram. […]