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Brownstein: Meet the inventor of the hashtag … #really

Family Montreal Gazette

Unlike so many of those orbiting the high-tech universe, Messina chose not to monetize his invention. He didn’t even patent it, because he felt hashtags are born of the Internet and should not be owned by anyone.
'Ah, the # symbol: it used to be among the lowliest of residents on the computer keyboard. So lowly that it didn’t even have its own key, having to share space with a roomie, the far more frequently used 3. The principal # function had been to denote apartment, office or phone-extension numbers. On cellphones, it was primarily pressed to move on to the next stage of – often futile – correspondence. Read More'