May 27, 2014
A hashtag, #YesAllWomen, was started in the wake of Friday’s shootings in Santa Barbara and continues to trend on Twitter.
In 140 characters or less thousands of women are sharing their experiences of misogyny, sexism, and other forms of gender based violence and discrimination. Even at 12:15 am EST on Tuesday morning, new tweets were coming in at the rate of more than 200 per minute.
Twitter is a social media sharing service in which very short messages are exchanged between users, but unlike email, most of the messages (“tweets”) are visible to everyone. A hashtag is a word (or short phrase made into a single word) preceded by the # symbol. Hashtags are searchable so a user can easily access every message containing a certain hashtag. This enables something akin to a “conversation” about a certain topic to take place among the millions of Twitter users.
posted by Marg Herder