According to Urbandictionary.com, “a hashtag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic and to begin a conversation.” According to me, however, they are so, so much more than that.  My love for the hashtag began only recently, and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s because it took me quite some time to really understand how great/funny/all around amazing they really are. In fact, my first tweet was on June 4th, 2009. I did not use a hashtag until March 25th, 2011… Almost 2 years later! Boy, was I missing out. The hashtag came into my life through the following tweet: “I spy a sailboat on Lake Michigan. First one of the year! #isitsummeryet?” Not bad for my first one, if I may say so myself, but still, even then, I did not yet truly appreciate the amazingness of the hashtag.  Now, on the other hand, I pretty much only tweet so that I can use them.

Though the typical use of the hashtag is, as stated above, a method of searching for trending topics, I feel that they have really evolved from this and become a way for Tweeters to make an often ridiculous statement which is meant to be a joke or get across a certain point. Why taking out the spaces from a phrase or sentence and putting the now famous # in front of it makes whatever is being said so much funnier is beyond me, but somehow it works!  If someone were to tweet, for instance, “I miss college!” I probably wouldn’t glance twice. “#imisscollege!” on the other hand, is a whole different story. When I see that, not only do I want to keep reading and find out more, It also makes me think, “sigh…. I really miss college too.”

Before Twitter, no one really paid any attention to the boring ole’ hashtag. Now, this piece of punctuation is everywhere! I’ve seen it in texts, emails, Gchat, and pretty much everywhere and anywhere one person types to another. I don’t know about you, but the hashtag has really changed my life for the better. Now the real question is #whenwillhashtaggingbecomecoolonfacebook!

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