Baby named 'Hashtag' draws Internet fame, ire, skepticism
Media outlets introduced the world to Hashtag Jameson, a baby girl reportedly named after Twitter's #.
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On Twitter, people use hashtags (or the # symbol) to mark keywords and trending topics. They range from the general – people might add #obama to Twitter posts about the president – to the quirky and esoteric – such as #broncobamma from the finals weeks of the 2012 election.
This infant’s photo is now buzzing all over the web. However, it seems that no one can confirm her name. It’s unclear if “Hashtag” is a legitimate name from a Twitter super fan, an Internet hoax, or, as the Huffington Post put it, "a very unfortunate typo."
Whatever the case, the photo went viral in less than 24 hours after first appearing on the website Awkward Messages, which rounds up odd Web posts and photos.
As skepticism stewed online, many people took to Twitter to argue a parallel question: Is "Hashtag" an appropriate name for any baby? The conversation quickly adopted a hashtag of its own, #babyhashtag.
“That poor girl is going to get made fun of for years to come... I'd go by my middle name instead!” wrote Nicole Pipe, who goes by @TotallyTypeA on Twitter. (The photo, which is acting as an unofficial birth announcement to the world, doesn't say if Hashtag has a middle name.)
“I can see it now. #babyhashtag a few years from now playing in a sand box with her friends 'Like,' 'PTAT,' 'Tweet,' 'Share,' and '@,' " wrote Twitter users @ParisMackey.
"I'm not worried about other children teasing Like," said Like’s mother, Vardit Adler, in an interview with Reuters. The couple's other daughters, "Dvash and Pie, don't seem to mind their special names and nobody teases them."
Whether you think unique baby names are clever or ridiculous, research has shown baby names have long-lasting effects well into adulthood.