The Hashtags That Made 2015

tweeters had a lot to say

The year 2015 is only days behind, yet its powerful mark still remains on the public, cultural landscape. Twitter, in particular, was a medium through which movers and shakers and everyday-ers shared their voices on the things that matter (and some that don’t). The year 2015 proudly declared that #BlackLivesMatter, demonstrated necessary support for accessible and affordable healthcare via #IStandWithPlannedParenthood, and celebrated marriage equality with a never-ending wave of #LoveWins.

It was a good year for Twitter, and 2016 is already demonstrating just how quick and current it is with serious hashtags like #OregonUnderAttack, #YallQaeda, and #VanillaISIS, which skewer the “Protester” story that too many publications are trying to sell… like this amazing hub of news. The real tea is that if they were black or Muslim, they’d all be dead…but that’s a different conversation.

It’s not all work and business, though. Twitter gave the working masses in this country an opportunity to collectively groan as they headed back to work with the hilarious, albeit slightly bummer #BackToWork. And of course, Twitter was lit on basically any and all 2016/New Year hashtags, like #2016Goals, for like a whole day.

What I’m trying to suggest is, Twitter had a big year in 2015 and it’s setting up 2016 to be an even bigger one. Here are just a few of the most powerful hashtags of 2015.