I am entirely open to explanations for this. For some background, I love Google Trends, and it occurred to me after reading this article in The Guardian about the hashtag’s resurrection that it would be interesting to see how it has faired on Google.

The output is kind of boring, really. Use has been increasing steadily over time, but WTF is up with that massive blip in the distribution? It’s in late 2007 (November 25), and Google can’t peg it to any news stories.

Here’s a box plot to put it in perspective.

Of course, I don’t use Google to search for Twitter hashtags, but I imagine it does happen, and anyway, the thesis is that hashtags are filtering back into the zeitgeist more generally. Regardless, now I am interested…

It just seems pretty unlikely for this to be random…


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