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Hashtag Turns 10

Before Twitter came along, who even knew what the point of the hashtag was? Perhaps computer gamers? But 10 years on and the character has become an international symbol for social activism and bad jokes. Once used exclusively as a way to organize conversations on Twitter, hashtags have grown in popularity and use. Today, many journalists, industry leaders, PR pros, marketers, influencers and consumers use hashtags to uncover breaking news and trends, find like-minded people to talk with and boost their brands. Hashtags instigated many trends, from charitable #IceBucketChallenge fails to #ThrowbackThursday (please no more), to hashtags that encouraged peace, love and unity with #OneLoveManch

WHO KNEW GRADS WOULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE? (erm – we did!)

After four years of ‘lobbying’ (OK – moaning, grumbling, sulking, stamping my feet et al) the new apprenticeship reforms have allowed graduates to take part in apprenticeship programmes for the first time ever and I can’t tell you what a difference this is making in the classroom… Well – I could… OK I will… Readers of my previous blogs (and why wouldn’t you be?) will have heard me bemoan the fact that, due to funding rules, graduates were not allowed to take part in apprenticeships, due to the fact that ‘they’ve already had their share of educational funding’ (or some such nonsense). But I always thought it was pretty rubbish that we in The Juice Academy – which was set up to fill a digital

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