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Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San Diego forest fires in 2007 when Nate Ritter used the hashtag ‘#sandiegofire’ to identify his updates related to the disaster.”

Hashtags have evolved as a way of adding punch lines to a tweet.  For example, “I just dropped a McRib in my lap. I’m wearing white. #fail”.  Or another tweet by the writer Susan Orlean, “My 7 yo has taken to calling me ‘Lady,’ as in, ‘What’s for dinner, lady?’ #wheredidigowrong.” These tweets add irony and sarcasm.  Others have used hashtags to create large slumber party like conversations with hashtags like “#IWannaKnowWhy.” Read more