#hashtag10: Happy 10th birthday to the hashtag

Twitter originally felt that users wouldn’t care about something so alienating to anyone but computer science geeks

Hashtag inventor Chris Messina had no interest in making money from it. Photograph: Kimberly White/Getty Images

Hashtag inventor Chris Messina had no interest in making money from it. Photograph: Kimberly White/Getty Images

The venerable hashtag on Twitter is celebrating its 10th birthday. It seems strange to think something so foundational to the planet’s mad, bleating id has only been here for a decade.

Although it got its start on Twitter, it’s also ever-present on Facebook and its absence would make the likes of Instagram all but unusable. It’s a sign of this ubiquity that just 10 years since its most recent evolution, the idea of one person “inventing” the hashtag seems as hard to wrap your head around as the creation of the question mark, or the apostrophe.  

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