Drone strikes attacked an oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field on Saturday.Marketsread more
Trump said oil would be released if needed to keep the market well supplied and he would expedite the approval of pipelines in Texas and other states.Marketsread more
The trucking industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Uber is going after this market with Uber Freight, an online platform that matches truckers with...Technologyread more
Saudi Aramco is aiming to restore by Monday about a third of its crude output that was disrupted after drone attacks on two key oil facilities, The Wall Street Journal...Marketsread more
Apple's new iPhones can still send texts, download apps, and make video calls, but the company spends a lot of time and effort marketing its new phones as powerful photography...Technologyread more
Some U.S. manufacturers say tariffs, if targeted, will help address longstanding unfair trade practices like intellectual property theft.Traderead more
Supporters of a $15 minimum wage ballot initiative in Florida argue the state's inflation-tied pay hikes have not gone far enough.2020 Electionsread more
Saudi Arabia shut down half its oil production Saturday after drone strikes hit the world's largest oil processing facility in an attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels.Politicsread more
Trusii's hydrogen water machines were supposed to help users with their health problems, but customers claim the company is involved in a giant scam.Technologyread more
The decoupling of the world's two weightiest economies seems as inescapable as its extent and global impact remains incalculable.Politicsread more
BlackBerry has reinvented itself to become a leader in securing mobile communications and in embedded communications. Next year it plans to roll out new products. CEO John...Evolveread more
Hashtags are everywhere. They are used by millions across all social media platforms.
But the concept of tagging social media groups or topics with a hashtag is credited to one man, Chris Messina.
He's a product designer who has been working in Silicon Valley for more than a decade.
While running an internet consulting company in 2007, he had an idea.
"There was a small group of us in San Francisco using an early social network called Twitter," Messina said. "We were thinking Twitter needs some kind of group organizing framework."
He got the idea of using a hashtag from Internet chat rooms that had a pound symbol in front of them. He decided to pitch the idea to Twitter, but the company told him it was "nerdy" and that it would never catch on.
"I was a little bit dejected but I laughed," he said. "I thought, I just don't know how else we're gonna solve this problem."
He didn't give up. Instead, he strated asking friends to give the hashtag a try.
In October of 2007, one of his friends was tweeting about a San Diego wildfire. Chris asked him to add #sandiegofire to his tweets. It didn't take long for others to start using the same hashtag.
"The fact that other people actually emulated him in real time during those fires gave me a sense that this could actually work," Messina said. "It turned out that lots of people wanted to have their voices heard and participate in a global conversation."
The idea caught on, and in 2009 Twitter added an option for users to search for hashtags.
When Instagram launched in 2010, users started tagging photos with hashtags like #nofilter or #yolo. Facebook adopted them in 2013.
While some users simply want to brag on social media, others are using the versatile tool for change. It's what some media outlets are calling "hashtag activism." #NeverAgain, #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements have gained incredible momentum thanks to their hashtags.
The hashtag even had incredible influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with tags like #imwithher, #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, #lockherup and #feelthebern.
And even though there are now countless hashtags, Messina never made a dime off of the idea.
"I didn't create this idea for Twitter," he said. "I created this idea for the Internet and I wanted anybody who could write text on the Internet to be able to participate in global conversations."