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The Year of the #Hashtag

2014 has been referred to by several media outlets as “the year of the #hashtag.” The hashtag originated through Twitter, but its use has expanded to include multiple social media platforms. Since its introduction, the hashtag has become an instrumental piece for social activism movements that may have otherwise been lost in all the clutter of the daily news. The Occupy Wall Street protests provided a good example of this in 2011 – by creating a hashtag, groups in cities across the country were able to organize and protest as part of the larger movement. We’ve seen this trend grow exponentially throughout the last few years, particularly with the addition of Twitter’s “trending topics.”

The Guardian has provided an excellent wrap-up to last year’s trending topics in an article titled, “From #BringBackOurGirls to #AlexfromTarget: 2014 in hashtags.” As we forge ahead into the new year, take a moment to reflect on some of the past year’s social and political movements that may not have been possible without the #hashtag: http://goo.gl/GlZaF0

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