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Over 100K different hashtags used to discuss Occupy Wall Street on Twitter

Over 100K different hashtags used to discuss Occupy Wall Street on Twitter

If you’ve been active on Twitter lately, it’s highly likely that you’ve run into one or two #Occupy hashtags over the past few weeks. In fact, Twitter has just reported that over 100K different hashtags have been used to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement and similar “occupy” tactics.

Directly from Twitter:

  • Top occupy-related hashtags: #occupywallstreet #ows #occupywallst #occupy #occupyboston #takewallstreet #p2 #nypd
  • Up to 330K total hashtags about occupy-topics tweeted each day, with up to 17K different hashtags daily.
  • Top 10 cities tweeting occupy hashtags, in order: NYC, LA, DC, SF, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Portland.
  • Top cities outside US tweeting occupy hashtags are: London, Cairo, Toronto, Madrid, Sydney, Vancouver, Berlin, Mexico City & Dublin.

These are hashtags that have been officially recorded by Twitter. Though this beckons the question …

How were these hashtags tallied?

I’m going to assume that these reported hashtags also include the silliness my friends have been tweeting, such as, “#OccupyTheMangaSectionAtBorders” and “OccupyThisPizzaMmmm”. These come along with a slew of other non-movement related hashtags, of course, that are either riding on the coat-tails of Occupy Wall Street, or are being used to poke fun at the severity of the situation. If not, it will be interesting to see how Twitter has managed to curate these topics. 330K total hashtags is nothing to sneeze at.

I’ve previously reported that some social media users have been taking to apps like Vibe to better localize conversation around various Occupy movements. So while some conversations have definitely been taking place on Twitter, this does not, of course, include the many other side-conversations happening on forums like Facebook, Google+, or any other platform where speech is free and uninhibited (for the most part).

See screenshots from Twitter Comms below.

What do you think? Have you been participating in Occupy Wall Street or any other similar Occupy movements? If you haven’t been tweeting to directly join the protest, in what ways have you been showing your “Occupy” colors, so to speak?

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