Myles Tan

Fun Fact #2

In Fun Facts on February 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

Twitter saved the octothorpe!

OK, well two fun facts:

1. The ‘#’ sign is technically called the octothorpe, coined by telecommunications engineers in the 70’s. It’s also referred to as Hash key, Number, key, etc., but octothorpe sounds a lot cooler.

2. Twitter’s use of the octothorpe to assign hashtags has brought the symbol’s existence back into the spotlight! As in, Twitter’s use of the octothorpe prevented it from potentially dropping off the end of the planet. Which is great! Thanks Twitter, for saving the octothorpe.

More information about how Twitter saved the octothorpe can be found on this article.

PS Next obscure key that needs saving: the Pilcrow!

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