Social media has changed the way people communicate and how ideas spread around around the globe. Twitter played a huge part in the Arab Spring, a series of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Super Bowl were some of the most tweeted about events in history. With social media came the hashtag, a way to group a series of tweets into one conversation. Some are hilarious, some are political, and others bring awareness to social issues. The problem with hashtags is that we live in a world of 24/7 instant news, and they are almost always forgotten about about after a few weeks, or even just a couple of days. Here are 11 viral hashtags that took over our newsfeeds before we promptly moved on to the next big thing.
Remember when the next ice age was descending upon North America in early 2014? Someone dubbed it the Polar Vortex, which is an insanely stupid name. We preferred to call it “winter.” Yes, it was damn cold outside but that’s no reason to flood social media with this ridiculous hashtag. Please put #PolarVortex into retirement, along with #Icepocalypse and #Snowmageddon.