Hashtag Inventor Chris Messina Leaves Twitter Citing Elon Musk's 'Mismanagement'
Chris Messina, the creator of hashtags, has announced that he is leaving Twitter following Elon Musk's recent decision to remove historical blue badges. Messina explained that his decision to leave was not solely based on the removal of his blue tick, but rather on the way Twitter's verification process has been handled.
"It's not about the badge; it's about the whole process leading up to it and how it's been managed," Messina told The Verge. He went on to express his belief that Twitter deserves more respect and attention than it has been given over the past six months. Messina's Twitter account has since been made private.
In 2007, Messina introduced the use of hashtags, which has since become a staple feature of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The hashtag enables users to search for specific topics using the "#" symbol, making it easier to find and increase the reach of posts. Twitter now has a dedicated section that displays trending hashtags in real-time.