Paris Massacre Sparks Historic Twitter StormPosted: January 9, 2015
Je Suis Charlie Hashtag Makes Media History
The “Je Suis Charlie” hashtag has become one of the most popular in the history of Twitter as people around the world showed their solidarity for the victims of the Paris outrage.
At its height the tag was tweeted at a rate of 6,500 times a minute and featured in 3.4 million tweets in just one 24 hour period.
The phrase is in reference to the Charlie Hebdo magazine where 12 people were slaughtered when Islamist terrorists stormed their offices in Paris on Wednesday sparking a series of attacks lasting three days.
It became an instant hit among supporters of freedom of expression and free speech to unite alongside the victims of the attack.
A graph posted by @twitterfrance showing the popularity of the hashtag over time with a peak at 9:30 on the morning of January 7th
It also featured on road signs and became a symbol of the magazine on its website….(read more)
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