The hashtag has been around since the 1960s. Alternatively known as an octothorpe or the pound sign, it rose to prominence in the last decade because of its use on Twitter and social networks.
But what exactly is it used for? And why has it gained popularity?
Basically, a hashtag is an eight-ended symbol, also known as an octothorpe, the pound sign, pound, or hash mark. It appears on social media preceding words or phrases.
When placed before certain words, it means one or both of the following:
After more than ten years, it doesn’t look like hashtags are a fad. So, we now use them as marketers to make our work more efficient. Here’s why:
In the 1960s, the octothorpe was used to denote telephone numbers. By 1978, it was a symbol used in the C programming language. In 1993, it was used in the IRC program to precede the names of chat rooms or topics. In 2007, it was suggested that people on Twitter use the octothorpe in the same way that IRC used it – to tag topics. And on September 26, 2007, futurist and information technologist Stowe Boyd first called the octothorpe a “hashtag” and the name stuck.