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Recent Examples of hashtag from the Web
There were no wedding hashtags to post with pictures on social media.
The 33-year-old shared a picture of himself training with his new team on Instagram, adding the hashtag #newchallenge.
Williams wrote, along with two vague but intriguing hashtags: #lastwomanstanding #barely.
The caption to the video used the hashtags, #InMyFeelingsChallenge and #DotheShiggy, which thousands of fans have now adopted to show off their own interpretive dance videos to Drake’s song.
The Brazilians chose a different hashtag, which has peaked again online this week: #DeixaElaTrabalhar.
On Friday, Alvarez started a hashtag, #thespoon, for people to tell stories of opiate addiction.
These individuals focus on marketing more than goods, telling customers which brands and products are worthy of hashtags, geotags and reposts.
Some of them wore white T-shirts with the hashtag, JusticeForJohn.
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Did You Know?
Social media has made the hashtag a ubiquitous part of Internet culture, starting with Twitter and expanding to other sites. Originally designed for categorizing posts, the hashtag can now be a tool for a supplementary coy or witty comment (e.g., #awkward). The word tag can mean "a word or phrase used for description or identification." Hash is short for hash mark, a term for what we more commonly call a pound sign (and, less commonly, an octothorp). The hash in hash mark is probably an alteration of hatch, a term for the crisscrossing of lines (as when adding shading to a drawing).
HASHTAG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hashtag for English Language Learners
: a word or phrase that starts with the symbol # and that briefly indicates what a message (such as a tweet) is about
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