The most popular hashtags in 2017 weren’t just trending: They were the most-searched hashtags on Twitter for a whole year.
And as the world got used to them, they also helped the likes of Donald Trump rise to power.
A look at some of the most popular trending hashtags from 2017.1.
“#PrayForSophia” A trending hashtag that’s a perfect metaphor for what is happening in 2017: A young woman is killed by a gunman who then turns the gun on her mother, her sister and a young boy.
This is one of the more disturbing incidents in modern American history, and it is one that is not easily forgotten.2.
“LOOK AT MY BOOBS” The #LOOKATMYBOOBS hashtag is a trending hashtag that describes the appearance of two or more people at the same time.
This year, it was used to highlight a young black man who was arrested for allegedly assaulting a white man with a baseball bat in a grocery store.3.
“#TrayvonMartin” The hashtag #TrayonMartin was trending on Twitter during the Martin family’s final days in Florida.
It became an online rallying cry, as it was a symbol of support for Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man killed by George Zimmerman, who is now in jail.4.
“#CALLME #RACE#BULLSHIT” This hashtag is used to call for a boycott of the United States.
It was used during the protests over the deaths of nine black men at the hands of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.5.
“TIL A WILD CHILD WAS HIT BY A SHELL” This is a hashtag that is trending on social media for the first time in 2017.
It’s a reference to a tweet by the president of the U.S. about a white woman who was shot and killed by two African American men who she thought were in her neighborhood.6.
“THAT WAS MY MOM!”
This hashtag was trending for the second time this year.
It refers to the time in the early days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency when he made a speech in which he described the violence in Baltimore as “the worst in my lifetime.”7.
“#HAPPENING #TRAYONMANMARCH” This trending hashtag is an old-fashioned one: It’s from the early 1900s, and the phrase is often used in reference to protests and riots.
It started out as a hashtag used to celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., and now it has become a rallying cry for many.8.
“WHITE CAN BE A HERO!”
This was trending in the U