Why put a pound sign before “National Pet Day”… you may ask? Great question. Hashtags are a way to digitally group together trending topics, content, or events on social media pages.
For example, today is National Pet Day — a very important holiday to some. In fact, it is the second trending topic on Twitter. If you have any form of social media, expect to see a plethora of dog pictures take over your feed. You’ve been officially forewarned…
So when did this practice of using hashtags before random words start? In 2007, Chris Messina — a tech savvy advocate for a free and open web — used the first hashtag on Twitter. He wrote:
“How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?
-Chris Messina, August 23, 2007
Since then, the hashtag has increasingly become a practice of #writing style around the world. However, they aren’t just used for frivolous holidays, such as #NationalPetDay.
For instance, in the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests, they were a pivotal way for users to connect on and off the web. Hashtags can connect people around the world who otherwise may never have met.
Can someone say #hashtag #COOL?
On that note, I am going to go upload this cute pic of my dog and me sharing a slice of pizza the other day….
If you are interested in finding us, use the hashtags #cute #adorable #twins #likemotherlikedaughter and #ofcourse #NationalPetDay!!!!