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The History Of Hashtag: A True Cinderella Story

November 28th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk

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Hashtags have become an integral part of our social media lives that have a clear projection in our ''real lives''. They are everywhere – on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, etc. Have we ever thought of the origin of hashtag and when exactly it became so ''mainstream''?

Hashtags didn't always have such prominence in our lives and their transformation can be called a true Cinderella story that you can read in this post. Let's start from the very beginning.

Time before Social Media

You'll be surprised but hashtag was firstly introduced in 14 century, spelled like ''lb'' and meant a pound in weight. In spite of its true origin the so-called pound sign has acquired some extra meaning as a hashtag on Social Media.

In 1988 hashtags were firstly used on a platform named Internet Relay Chat. Basically it's one of the first protocols on the internet that was used to send messages in real time. Hashtags were used to group messages and various information such as images, text content, videos and the like. # sign was used for its primary purpose – search. Read more »