The hashtag ( # ) is used as a way of grouping messages by subject, topic or group. It is used in social messaging services such as Twitter.
Earlier this month, a particular hashtag caused a great deal of confusion (and gave me quite a giggle).
It all started when, upon the death of Margaret Thatcher, the following hashtag began circulating: #nowthatcherisdead that’s “now thatcher is dead”.
However, fans of the infamous Cher, upon seeing this hashtag, had a meltdown. They read #nowthatcherisdead as “now that cher is dead.”
Tweets flew. “Cher’s dead?” “RIP”
Comedian Ricky Gervais cleared up the confusion with a tweet of his own.
He tweeted: ‘Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead. It’s “Now Thatcher’s dead”. Not, “Now that Cher’s dead” JustSayin.’
Perhaps some hashtags need capitals? JustSayin’ 🙂