That Mysterious #Hashtag

Jules Castillo By Jules Castillo, 16th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Have you ever wondered why there are words that appear in your TV screen prefixed with the hash sign? It could appear before a name of a person or a keyword for a topic related to the TV program. What's the deal? Does it make any sense to you?

The Hash Sign

The # symbol is called the "hash" in Commonwealth English. In the US, it is better known as the pound sign. Of course, they don’t refer to the British currency (£) of the same name. Considering the telephone keys, they call the one that has the # symbol the hash key.


Hashtags could either be a word or phrase prefixed with the hash sign. They were first used within IRC (Internet Relay Chat) networks to tag groups and topics. Twitter started supporting hashtags in 2009. Websites like Google+, Orkut, Tumbler, YouTube and Instagram also support hashtags.

What's in it for Twitter?

Twitter tracks the hashtags real-time. Hashtags allow services like TweetChat, TwitterGroups,, TweetGrid and Twitterfall track other tweets with regard to a topic that a person is interested in. With that you are able to connect with people who are talking about the similar topic. Before using it, you may consider searching for a then established or official hashtag for a specific topic.

Hashtags determine trending topics, that's why they are often used in TV shows, special events (awards, sports, etc.), movies, records, themed discussion and celebrity names. People normally get more interested on a trending topic.

That Mysterious Hashtag....

Using hashtags helps twitter group and categorize tweets. Hashtag is just so powerful that it makes monitoring conversations and online buzzes easier. Sometimes it could get you annoyed and frustrated whenever they appear in your TV screens. It only shows how social networking impacts the entertainment industry today…..

…...with that mysterious hash sign!


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author avatar M G Singh
17th May 2012 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
17th May 2012 (#)

So that is what it is? I have only heard being told to press the "hash" sign on the telephone and just ignore it. To me that is the pound sign.
Thanks, cowboy.

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