How and why did the # get chosen for use by Twitter and other social media sites

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  1. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    How and why did the # get chosen for use by Twitter and other social media sites?

    Why was this chosen in preference to other symbols? It is even used on recorded phone messages etc eg "Please enter your pin number/security code etc followed by the # key"

  2. Faith Reaper profile image87
    Faith Reaperposted 2 years ago

    Good question, John. To me that symbol had always been the pound sign but now it is called hash tag on Twitter. I had no idea what they were talking about when they said hash tag but finally realized it was the pound sign ...as us older folks know it to be LOL. I'm curious too the reasoning behind choosing # in lieu of other symbols.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Faith, it took me ages to realise what "hash tag" meant. We must be showing our age smile

    2. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes ...it's hard to keep up with all the ever-changing and latest "thing" LOL You're right about that ..we are showing it. I think my 7 year old grabddaughter is more in the know than I am at times.

  3. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    Hi Jodah. The only reason I can think of why the # was chosen is because most phones have only the # or the * symbols so that may be why it was chosen whether one is on the phone or the computer.  This sounds too simple, though. There must be a more complicated reason.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Phyllis. I wondered if that may be the reason, but thought there must be more behind it.

  4. tsmog profile image81
    tsmogposted 2 years ago

    I looked about and only got hints. The purpose is to create a group originally as a unique word like a business name. Anyway, the hint is it is not a number and not a usual type written symbol like $, &, and others common to create a emoticon. Its common meaning is pound with weight where lb is used more oft.

  5. Buildreps profile image87
    Buildrepsposted 2 years ago

    # is the symbol for a gate or a boundary. After that boundary starts a code. The code ends with a space. The use of this codices comes from machine language as used in the 70s and 80s.

    For what it's worth, this is what I learned during my study at the university when computing was still in its infancy:) Good question, Jodah.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! great answer buildreps. I knew there must have been a deeper reason behind it, and your explanation makes a lot of sense.

  6. Venkatachari M profile image29
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    I googled and found that it was first used by a twitter user, Chris Messina, on August 23, 2007 when he proposed to use the sign # for referring to groups on twitter site. It has been accepted many other users and became popular in subsequent years.
    The sign # is originally used by Americans to refer to the weight pound whereas L with a stroke in its center is used by UK to refer to the currency pound. But computers adopted the # symbol in place of L with stroke for referring to currency pound. But manual writers always use the UK symbol only to refer to pound currency.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for Googling this Venkat. I did know it was used for pound originally.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image29
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, John, for selecting my answer as the best answer even though there was a typo mistake in the last sentence of first para ('by' was missing there).

    3. bravewarrior profile image93
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This is interesting. What amazes me is Twitter was around in 2007! Man, am I getting old!!

 
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