Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baby named Hashtag; hashtag Hashtag trends on Twitter

Events like this are why we believe the Mayan Apocalypse on Dec. 21 is truly coming. In a nod to an apparent crazed social media obsession, parents have named their baby daughter Hashtag.

The media first took note of the event on Tuesday, after the hashtag Hashtag began trending on Twitter. Seriously, though, Hashtag Jameson saw her birth announced on Facebook on Saturday, not Twitter, as we might have expected. In fact, it was announced on her own Facebook page.

There is much criticism on the Facebook page, but it is also liked 391 times. Thus, the hatred is not universal. One would assume this sort of name is going to cause the kid a lot of angst as she grows up, but at least she was not named after a famous Nazi whose name you might recall.

There's always the chance this is a joke, and that Hashtag is faux. On the other hand, naming kids strange names has become more acceptable lately, especially among celebrities. Witness Gwyneth Paltrow's children Apple and Moses, and don't forget the age-old Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout Willis.

Lest we forget, in February 2011, an Egyptian man named his firstborn daughter Facebook, acknowledging the role that the site played at the start of the "Arab Spring." In Israel, Lior and Vardit Adler named their little girl "Like" when she was born in May 2011.

However, if we see # or @ as baby names, we'll go ballistic.

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