Monday Marvel: The history of the ‘Octothorp’ symbol (AKA: The hashtag) [Infographic]

Posted on 03-23-2015 by
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Twitter transformed the # symbol from a pound sign / number sign into a dynamic social media shorthand. But what you may not have known about the hashtag is the symbol’s official name. According to a Time article, “the technical term for a hashtag is ‘octothorp.’” The article goes on to say “the term ‘octo’ refers to the 8-points in the figure and the term ‘thorp’ from the surname Thorpe.”

So, with that in mind, take a look at how the symbol transformed from an “octothorp” to the now infamous hashtag. Infographic is courtesy of

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