What is the diamond shape used for?
With the boom in the short message service, the diamond has become a hashtag - for bundling and searching for terms in social networks.
Not only with the successful IPO of the short message service Twitter last week has become indispensable in the context of social networks: We are talking about the hash symbol #.
The sign, also known as the double cross, was of course also present before the boom in the twitter service. While the # symbol in this country tended to eke out a shadowy existence, it was particularly successful in the English-speaking world - for example as a prefixed indicator for numbers:
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The hashtag in its current meaning was born on August 23, 2007: A little more than a year after the start of Twitter, Internet activist Chris Messina suggested in a tweet: “How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups . As in #barcamp [msg]? "
From that point on, the success story of the hashtag for easier linking and finding search terms on Twitter was as steep as that of the short message service itself.
The American provider of social marketing software Offerpop has compiled the most important stages in an infographic. The hashtag has become so successful over the years - and for a long time an important unique selling point of Twitter - that, for example, the world's largest social network Facebook simply copied the function in mid-2013 and built it into its own search.
Click twice on the infographic to enlarge it:
Source: Offerpop / t3n
The most important facts and figures about the Twitter IPO
The story of Twitter: From the 1st tweet in 2006 to the IPO 7 years later
Pre-IPO comparison: Facebook is mainstream - Twitter is far from being
First tweets from various celebrities: From Jack Dorsey to Lady Gaga to Larry Ellison
Twitter Revenue Doubles To $ 500 Million; $ 15 billion on the IPO
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