Before the Hashtag, There Was the Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The "#" didn't always have this… » 12/18/14 1:10pm 12/18/14 1:10pm

Justin Timberlake's Hashtag Nightmare Comes to Life, Thanks JC Penney

Last week, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon deftly explained to the world that hashtags make us sound like idiots—with humor. Well, JC Penney thought it was funny, but apparently, the company didn't learn a goshdarn thing about the evil of hashtags. Oh, god no, JC Penney. Please, god no, please, don't do this. » 10/02/13 5:06pm 10/02/13 5:06pm

10 Normal Hashtags That Instagram Bans for Some Weird Reason

It's pretty simple. People love Instagram. People love using hashtags. People love to curse. People love to curse in hashtags on Instagram. Instagram doesn't like that. In fact, Instagram censors any sort of curse word hashtag, possibly porn related hashtag and so on from its searches. That's a good thing! But… » 8/26/13 8:30pm 8/26/13 8:30pm

The Most Popular Twitter Hashtags of 2011

Sure you could say that Twitter has devolved into a chaotic mess filled with #AreWeSeriouslyTweetingThisLongHashtag and Bieber freaks, but it's still boss at figuring out what's going on at this very second. So taking a look back at the past year, what were the most popular Twitter moments in 2011? It gets a little… » 12/05/11 12:20pm 12/05/11 12:20pm

'Seriously McDonalds' Hoax-Pic Angers Internet, McDonald's

Over the weekend, many people became acquainted with this photo for the first time. It's a hoax: McDonald's isn't charging African-American McDonald's customers an extra $1.50 "as an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies." Nevertheless, the pic seems to have caused yet another PR problem for… » 6/13/11 5:00am 6/13/11 5:00am