From Twitter to Instagram, a Different #Ferguson Conversation

by: Paul Hitlin and Jesse Holcomb | Pew Research Center

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for the massive number of social media posts about the event and what it has come to represent.

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