This file photo taken on November 14, 2015 shows an advertising screen displaying "#prayforparis" in Berlin a day after deadly attacks in Paris. AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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The hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, Wednesday celebrates 10 years making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major events around the world since 2007, when it got its first outing on Twitter.It was Chris Messina, an American designer and social media expert, who originally proposed using the hash sign (#) – pound sign in American English – to group tweets by subject.Messina, who describes himself as an "avid Twitterer," has sent more than 39,500 tweets in 11 years.Today 125 million hashtags are exchanged every day, often serving as a springboard to launch massive online campaigns.A look at the top three hashtags on Twitter last year gives an idea of the kind of subjects capable of going viral.
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