This year, the octothorpe, aka hashtag (aka number sign) was named punctuation mark of the year by the National Post. Why? Because of Twitter. And something called hashtags.
Basically, when you write a tweet, you can add a #hashtag, which is clickable, and allows users to search for any other tweet containing that hashtag. This has been used many times on Twitter to start viral hashtags, some stupid, some clever. For every #thingsguyslike or #stuffblackpeoplesay, there’s #fatindiebands or #crapsuperpowers.
Hashtag memes work because everyone can get involved. Twitter is the perfect place for wordplay and one-liners. Once a hashtag goes viral (and ends up on Twitter’s trending topics), thousands of people start tweeting and the result is hilarity.
Twitter is the place that $#*! My Dad Says got its start. It’s also home to lots of famous and not-so-famous comedians. Some of the best Twitter accounts are those pretending to be a fictional or real person, such as Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort.
For those of you who asked, all I want for Sithmas is my two legs back.
Paste recently posted their 12 Best Internet Memes and Viral Videos of 2010. Of course Double Rainbow and the Old Spice Guy made the list, but so did Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. If you haven’t seen this video yet, you really must.