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Man behind #HASHTAG

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Man behind #HASHTAG

#startup #worklife #marketing #life #insight # & #thepeople, these are regular category and regular hashtag used by #tersebox. But did you ever thought to know about the man behind #hashtag? Chris Messina, a designer and developer working in Silicon Valley, is credited to have come up with the very first hashtag on Twitter. On August 23, 2007, year after twitter started and less than two months after the first iPhone was released, Chris tweeted “?how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]??

Just to brief you about #hashtag, according to google “a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media websites and applications, especially Twitter, to identify messages on a specific topic”.

Why we use hashtags?

Well there are number of reasons, taking about few are:

  • #Hashtag helps us to find the right focused content or group
  • #Hashtag increases engagement
  • #Hashtag acts as search queries
  • #Hashtag help you to know what is trending and so on

Chris Messina came up with the first hashtag with the purpose of gathering focused discussions and online exchanges of conversation regarding event named #Barcamp. And post that tweet #Hashtag became one of the most frequently used function in the world of social media and its impact in now visible in our own daily lives too. #Hashtag helped him to identify focused and restricted groups according to topic and leaving unnecessary contents behind and this characteristics of #Hashtag has made lives of millions very easy. Well everyone might think this would have helped him to become millionaire but unfortunately it didn’t happened. In an interview when Chris was asked People probably assume the creator of the hashtag is worth billions of dollars? He responded I wish and he further says I’ve been asked, “Why didn’t you patent it?” and it’s because I saw it as a way of shaping thoughts, and it’s important that thought remains free. That idea would be imperilled or hindered had I tried to assert some type of ownership over it.

Today, Chris Messina after completing his tenure with some of the biggest name like Uber and google has cofounded Startup named Molly, that allows people to ask questions, and that automatically responds using information from your social media profiles.

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