Hashtags, which used to be known as pound signs, are becoming a more prevalent part of our culture. Twitter was the first social media site to adopt hashtags in July of 2009, and "anything with a # in front of it became hyper-linked".
An article in the New York Times states:
"In the early days, hashtags were primarily functional — a way of categorizing tweets by topic so that members of the Twittersphere could follow conversations of interest to them by searching for a list of similarly tagged tweets... Over time, though, the hashtag has evolved into something else — a form that allows for humor, darkness, wordplay and, yes, even poetry."
Now hashtags are used in many ways in our culture. Advertisers often start a hashtag to help build hype around their product, they're sometimes on the corner of our TV screen when we're watching a show, and at conferences and events, oftentimes have a hashtag so that people can easily share what's happening across social networks.
Hashtags have become part of nearly every social media site nowadays, and the word was even added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in May 2014 where the official definition is:
noun \ˈhash-tag\: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).
It was found that the most popular hashtags about books and reading were:
This somewhat new development in our culture is changing how people write. For one, eliminating spaces from parts of our writing.
What do you think about hashtags and how do you think they will continue to evolve and change on social media, and will they eventually make their way into literature?
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Watch a humorous take on our society and hashtags from Jimmy Fallon by clicking here.