With the FGH Celebration party only a couple of days away – we’ve created our own hashtag to use on the night so we can collate all  of the fab party pics afterwards! So please ensure you tag your selfies/photographs with…


I was a bit late embracing the social media phenomenon but 2 years ago I got bitten by the hashtag bug which made me wonder about where is all started .. #hashtaghistory

As you know the hashtag is now used regularly by millions of social media users, especially among members of the largest micro-blogging community Twitter.

And you will also know that a hashtag is created by online users to discuss specific events and relevant issues. These are categorically arranged so that other online users can easily search for the topic and participate in the conversation, no matter where they are in the world. Information is updated and shared by social media users.

The First Hashtag

Chris Messina, a social technology expert, is credited to have come up with the very first hashtag on Twitter. He first posted the hashtag #barcamp in August 2007.  Messina came up with the hashtag with the purpose of gathering discussions and online exchanges regarding Barcamp, a technology conference.

Since then hashtags have spread to other social media sites and all over the internet to become one of the most widely used functions.

According to reports,  Twitter Co-founder Evan Williams told Chris that hashtags were too nerdy to go mainstream, so Chris was left to encourage their adoption on his own,  #eggonface

Hashtags Today

Since their invention hashtags have taken on a life of their own across all forms of social media:

Top Ten Hashtags for 2017 so far across Twitter and Instagram are:

10. #followme

9.  #fashion

8.  #happy

7.  #me

6.  #cute

5.  #beautiful

4.  #tbt

3.  #photooftheday

2.  #instagood

1.  #love

BUT – all we are bothered about for now is #fghcelebration17 so please don’t forget to tag your photos!

Anyway party goers that’s a #overandout from me and #seeyouthere!

Written by #SallyHutchinson



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