INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Hashtag
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.