Twitter Wants to Explain Hashtags To You

Recently spotted by The Wall Street Journal, Twitter is experimenting with a new way to explain some hashtags. Images show Twitter for iOS defining certain hashtags in search in an obvious attempt to notch up reader comprehension a few ticks. » 8/01/14 12:38pm 8/01/14 12:38pm

The Very First Hashtag, @Reply, and Retweet Ever

For better or worse (ok, probably worse), the hashtag, @reply, and retweet have become inextricable from modern language, and it's hard to imagine a time when saying "hashtag blessed" would have seemed insane. But all things must originate from somewhere, and Quartz has managed to track down the founding fathers of… » 10/15/13 11:40am 10/15/13 11:40am

Facebook's newest update adds in-app restaurant reservations and your area's TV and movie listings to Facebook Pages. The update also brings some visual tweaks to the iOS app's timeline. [Facebook] » 8/12/13 3:08pm 8/12/13 3:08pm

WSJ: Facebook Stealing Hashtags From Twitter

If you're #dying for #newwaystoexpressyourself then you're about to read some #goodnews (#rumoralert!). The #wallstreetjournal says #facebook will "incorporate the hashtag" on its own (#copying much?). » 3/14/13 4:14pm 3/14/13 4:14pm

French Government Abolishes the Hashtag

The French, probably in the midst of a Malian air war adrenaline rush, have gone on another offensive: the hashtag is out. From now on, it's called a mot-dièse, which is sort of like a Twitter Royale with Cheese. » 1/25/13 9:58am 1/25/13 9:58am

Did Someone Really Name Their Kid Hashtag?

The problem with kooky people having babies? The names they come up with! Gone are the days of John and Jane, it's now all about a senseless race to the bottom in idiotic naming. Fallyn, Sharpay, Zebulon and <a href="">other horrible names are real things people call their kids! But the worst named baby just might've… » 11/27/12 1:00am 11/27/12 1:00am

How the Hashtag Is Ruining the English Language (Updated)

If Twitter is useful for anything beyond a flamethrower of breaking news and URL errata, it's forcing us to be considerate about language—we have to use space wisely. Unfortunately, the hashtag is ruining talking. #NotGonnaLie » 12/28/11 2:54pm 12/28/11 2:54pm

An American Flag Full of Tweets

No offense to Betsy Ross, but this is an American flag made for the 21st Century. It's a digital weave created from the avatars of Twitter users who tweet about Independence Day using a July 4th hashtag. » 7/04/11 10:30pm 7/04/11 10:30pm

How Hashtags Infiltrated Our Language

From Twitter, to texting, and even Gizmodo comments—the world's gone hashtag crazy, with the NY Times calling it the "secret handshake." It's even a common occurrence in advertising, with campaigns inviting people to join the discussion that way. » 6/13/11 7:00am 6/13/11 7:00am

How To Use Hashtags To Send Us A Tip Or Talk About Anything

Did you know you can post a tip straight to Gizmodo? Or, start a new conversation all on your own? Thanks to our hashtag pages you can do all sorts of comment related goodness. Here's how: » 12/15/09 4:58pm 12/15/09 4:58pm