Transferrable Internet Symbols (@ & #)

It’s not just media that’s interoperable between devices; social symbols are transferrable too.

A couple years ago, Facebook made it possible to copy someone in a post just by adding an “@” sign, a sign which Twitter gave birth.

Instagram made sure upon launch last year that it also enabled tagging.  In addition, Instagram has incorporated the Twitter hash tag (#) into its platform. Tumblr uses the hash tag too, which makes it easier for people to search topics by popularity or interest.

The “@” and “#” are now widely adopted social networking symbols that carry over into email and even physical space.  For example, Mexican soccer players will now sport the follow symbol on the back of their jerseys.

Social networking language is getting deeply embedded into our everyday lives.  You can’t avoid it.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.