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The first-ever hashtag, @-reply and retweet, as Twitter users invented them

Originally posted on Quartz:
Twitter is pretty simple, but it started out even simpler. The 140-character messaging service launched on March 21, 2006 with no way to send a reply or retweet someone. And it certainly didn’t have hashtags. Those peculiar conventions, which make Twitter both irresistible and confounding today, were invented by its users.…