If you've borne witness to the hashtag horror show that's become common on, oh, pretty much every social media platform, it may be hard to imagine a time without hashtags. A time when every Instagram photo and tweet and text message wasn't beleaguered with a fusilade of hashtag nonsense. A time when hashtags weren't used as punchlines. Or marketing gimmicks. Or as some bafflingly useless apendage to #every #single #word. Those days are gone, people. But if you feel like getting nostalgic, this infographic lays out the history of hashtags. They started innocently enough, but boy have we created a monster.