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The End of the Hashtag As We Know It?

The End of the Hashtag As We Know It?

Is Twitter phasing out its trademark @ and # symbols?

At a recent media conference in Denver, reports The Guardian, Twitter’s head of news Vivian Schiller called the infamous @-reply and hashtag symbols “arcane” and indicated that Twitter was working on a way to hide them while retaining functionality. This echoed a recent statement by CEO Dick Costolo that “pushing the scaffolding of the language of Twitter to the background” would reduce the learning curve for new users. Although Schiller cryptically downplayed her statement later, the fate of the network’s signature symbols remains to be seen.

Katelyn Patton

Kate Patton is a second-year law student at the Fordham University School of Law and a staff member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Kate is also a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute, an Executive Board member of the Media & Entertainment Law Society and a Privacy Educator for Fordham's Center on Law and Information Policy. A graduate of Binghamton University, Kate's strong interest in media law stems from her love of magazines, legal internship at Time Inc. and previous work experience overseeing government affairs for the trade association of business media companies.