Recode: For 10 years, the Twitter hashtag has fueled both social activism and dad jokes

Recode: For 10 years, the Twitter hashtag has fueled both social activism and dad jokes. “Organizing tweets around topics was nearly impossible when Twitter first launched in March 2006. Twitter was merely a stream of thoughts and random musings. The suggestion to actually have group conversations using the # symbol came from Chris Messina, a Silicon Valley product and design guy who created the hashtag idea while working at a startup before going on to stints at both Google and Uber. And while the hashtag had been used before — like for IRC chat room names — using it on Twitter finally allowed people who wanted to talk about the same thing to actually find each other. What made it even more perfect was that Messina was just a user of Twitter, not an employee. So the fact that Twitter took the idea of the hashtag and ran with it says a lot about the platform and how it can embrace ideas from its community.”

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