Twitter

The hashtag is 10! Yes, the symbol that started out as the lowly "number sign" or "pound" on the telephone keypad and later morphed into something entirely different is 10 years old today. And it has accomplished quite a lot. In fact, it's hard to imagine modern communication without it.

And you might think it was all by design. That the folks running Twitter needed a catchy little tool to help their new platform catch fire, and the hashtag is what they came up with.

But that's not the way it happened.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said if President Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he should hand them over to Congress.

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President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

Buffalo businessman and school board member Carl Paladino is facing questions about a tweet he sent early Wednesday.

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Using Twitter to complain about the weather may seem like another of the mundane topics that can dominate social media conversations. However, UB researchers are mining value from the data as they try to transform it into useful commuter information.


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In a Twitter post, just after midnight on Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his intention to run for president in the 2016 race.

Twitter user boasts about lasering Bills players

Oct 7, 2014
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The Buffalo Bills win in Detroit Sunday was followed by word that someone in the dome may have used a laser pointer to distract Buffalo players.  Now there's this - someone actually bragged about it on twitter. 

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Students from a local charter school recently took part in their first ever Twitter-based book club.  The project aims to promote reading through a digital platform familiar to most young people.

The October issue of Buffalo Spree features a look at Western New York writers. The magazine's editor, Elizabeth Licata, says the Internet has opened up new opportunities for writers. She joins WBFO's Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass.