A little bit of history on the #hashtag. The hash sign (#) has been sitting on the bottom right corner of your telephone keypad since the 1960’s. The hash key was a useless little button really, except when you called up businesses who told you to ‘Press the hash key to continue’ in a mechanic voice.

The hashtag came with the creation of Twitter in 2006, as the founders thought it’d be a great way for people to self-categorise stuff on the internet. Then hashtags bled over into Instagram and Facebook.

We’re so used to tweeting and typing a Facebook post that now our speech has changed to match it. Hashtags aren’t just used for categorising something anymore, (as it was intended) but now as a side comment or sarcasm. #lame #firstworldproblems

As if that wasn’t bad enough, now people are using it in speech?!? Really, people? At least online you could click on the hashtag to see what other people are saying about the same topic, but in real life it serves absolutely no purpose. And to make it worse it’s accompanied by hashtag hands.

I think this video pretty much speaks for itself:

#corkthedigitalk (and here I’m using the hashtag for mere categorisation purposes).

But also, Cork the Digitalk people.