Word Nerd Monday: The History of the Hashtag

As I mentioned in another post, Twitter and Google Plus aren’t the only social media sites using hashtags. Facebook, as I’m sure you have noticed, is incorporating them and, of course, Pinterest uses them as well.

And speaking of Pinterest, this word-nerd found a dream infographic about hashtags that most any writer would find interesting. In general, the sign is used to group off categories and highlight text.

I thought you might find this useful:

hashtag history

Image credit; Social Media Today, Kevin Basset and Pinterest

You can find a hashtag dictionary on twitter for all of your needs here.

It is interesting that the Oxford dictionary has only a simple definition of the word:

  • (on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic:spammers often broadcast tweets with popular hashtags even if the tweet has nothing to do with them
  •  the hash or pound sign (#):Hunt mistook an @ for a hashtag while tweeting derogatory thoughts about him.

while the definition on Dictionary.com is more extensive;



(on social-networking Web sites) a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#),
 used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search
 for it: The hashtag#sandiegofire was used to help coordinate an
emergency response to the fire.

a hash mark used in this way.

verb (used with object), verb (used without object), hash·tagged,



to add a hashtag to (a word, topic, or message): Someone on Twitter
just hashtagged the film festival.
2005–10; hash (mark) + tag1  (def 9c)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
And to highlight the hashtag use for Twitter, Chris Messina is known as the inventor of the hashtag for Twitter. You can find his blog here.
There is a great tool that you can use to track your hashtags across all networks called Tagboard. This tool is most useful for businesses and brands that wish to keep track of their marketing reach, but can be used for any search needs.
More useful articles on using the hashtag;

Happy #MondayMorning to you all!

Any thoughts on this? What is your opinion?