Hashtag inventor talks Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon skit - watch!
It looks like the founder of the #hashtag thinks he may have created a monster after watching Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s latest skit.
The hilarious duo have teamed up once again for ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ this time making fun of the overuse of hashtags in our everyday verbal musings.
In the skit, JT and Fallon are chilling on the couch catching up on the hottest topics of the day (you know, cookies, TV shows etc) and using so many hashtags that the uninitiated would consider their banter completely unintelligible.
But while there’s no doubt the clip will have you #lolololololing like you wouldn’t believe, the founder of the hashtag, Chris Messina, fears it could actually be a rather terrifying insight into our future (or present, for many of us.)
“It's funny, because in the beginning, Evan [Williams] who invented Twitter flat-out rejected the idea [of hashtags],” Messina told MTV News.
“He said it was way too nerdy and it was never going to catch on. I was kind of defeated by that and I thought, 'These guys are building Twitter, they must know something.' Being sort of a half-closeted nerd myself, I decided, 'OK, they're for nerds. I guess I'll keep doing it.' Slowly but surely, the thought virus ended up infecting so many people around the world that now, in some strange way, we are all nerds I guess.”
Hashtags have been in existence as a social navigation tool since 2007, but it’s only very recently that the term has started to become part of our verbal shorthand.
“More and more I'm getting friends telling me how their kids are hashtagging everything that they say,” continued Messina.
"The sort of prideful fear that I have is that what [Fallon] depicted is actually how teenagers are talking now.... That's not something I had really anticipated and now that I'm here I'm kind of like, 'Oh my God... what have I done?”
Don’t you mean #whathaveidone?