Antedating of "hashtag"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 23 20:22:14 UTC 2014

Not in OED.

Wikipedia says:

The first use of the term "hash tag" was in a blog post by Stowe Boyd,
"Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings,"[8] on 26 August 2007, according to
lexicographer Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society's New
Words Committee.


[8] "Stowe Boyd, Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings".
Retrieved 2013-09-19.

I found an earlier example. Only by a single day, and by the same
person, but still. Here it is, with both "hash tag" and "#hashtag":

I support the hash tag convention: #hashtag
#factoryjoe #twitter

Stowe Boyd, @stoweboyd
3:36 PM - 25 Aug 2007

The referenced 25 Aug 2007 blogpost doesn't actually use an explicit
"hash tag" or "hashtag" but concludes:

Anyway… I support the #tag convention.


The American Dialect Society -

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