The History of The Hashtag # – Infographic

Hashtag History

Who would have thought that the former pound sign, tic-tac-toe symbol or the number sign would take on a whole new meaning and trend just years later after the buzz of social media hits mainstream.

The #hashtag symbol, original named the Octothorpe, a made up word by the Bell company back in the 1960’s, was placed onto the phone to send instructions to the telephone operating system. Now we think of the #symbol as another vehicle of retrieving data via related topics the #hashtag is associated with.

Let’s walk through the recent evolution of this new trend as social networks build the #hashtag into its own system to measure data.


Infographic Credit and Sources: Offerpop