Aila Bretl and Bridget Dorsey
Professor Anja Wanner
We investigated the contemporary phenomenon of the “hashtag”, represented by the symbol: #. Our research involved Twitter feeds and a survey taken by college students. The survey asked participants to identify the common purpose of hashtags and to provide their own examples of tweets. The most common tweets involved hashtags of commentary-based phrases rather than phrases that would connect people. Additionally, we incorporated credible journal articles and Twitter itself. We discovered that the hashtag is deviating from its original purpose, to connect users tweeting about similar ideas, to more of a medium for social commentary. The hashtag has made its way onto other social media platforms, as well as spoken language, reflecting peoples' desire to communicate efficiently.