Hashtags play a role in helping and amplifying important conversations that shaped or changed cultures. In the Philippines, hashtags help Filipinos raise their voice and improve their experience on the platform.
In celebration of #HashtagDay, here are three things how hashtag rules in the Philippines from January to July 2020:
- Hashtags show the power of communities
Whether it is about entertainment, current issues, or online movements, using hashtags help Twitter users easily find the information they are looking for. It also allows them to connect and interact with communities, thus helping them to create and deepen connections with anyone around the world.
Perfect example would be the rising stars SB19 (@SB19Official), who continues to make waves both on Twitter and the OPM scene thanks to A’TIN who fervently showed their support in every project and activity of the group such as the recent Twitter Q&A session and occasional menpas (mention parties) on the platform. In fact, 4 out of 10 top hashtags in the Philippines from January to July 2020 were about them and #SB19 sits on the throne as the top hashtag above them all.
Here’s the top 10 Filipino-related hashtags in the Philippines from January to July 2020:
Whatever happens, we're always proud of you five at kahit ano pa mang achievements ang makuha nyo, kasama nyo palagi kaming A'TIN! Will always be at your back to support, cheer, and love you, boys! 💙@SB19Official #SB19 pic.twitter.com/q3Vjl2AK92
— 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐥`🍂 | john paulo my sexy love. (@_jairapaulonase) August 9, 2020
- The # symbol got people talking
Since most of what’s trending nowadays begins with a hashtag, it seems that it also became part of our daily conversations and speech. Be it a grand event like the first-ever full livestream of #MYXAwards2020, joining an artwork challenge like #SigawDarna, or a simple tweet about latest hobbies or #quaranthings.
— Illustrator Legend (@nixllamas) June 25, 2020
— Lee Nase (@WANderfooLEE) April 25, 2020
- A way to stay informed
A lot has been happening lately, and Filipinos need to stay-up-to-date with the latest information about #COVID-19, guidelines, and other local news. From keeping up with updates from government officials or the media, to sharing the latest in mask fashion and other sentiments of how others are coping up at home, Filipinos use Twitter to stay connected through it all. Pandemic related hashtags such as #coronavirus, #StayHome, and #SafeHands are also handy hashtags to get real-time updates and information about the pandemic.