Posted by Paul West on 28th Jul 2015
The #hashtag trend began in social media as a way for people to find other posters interested in the same topics. It soon became a way for trend-watchers and Twitter managers to find the most popular topics of the day, as the most popular #hashtags could be easily counted.
Historically, popular #hashtags reflect current events that have sparked the interest of the world, such as #jesuischarlie used to show worldwide solidarity with the writers of the magazine Charlie Hebdo after they were attacked by terrorists. People identify their interests by adding #hashtags to emails, social media posts and now on badges they wear on their clothing. One such popular badge we made here at makebadges.com.au was for the social cause, #illridewithyou.
The "I'll Ride With You" movement began after a terrorist event in Sydney, Australia when a gun man Man Haron Monis, held people hostage in the Lindt cafe. Shortly afterward, anti-Muslim feelings were so strong that some Muslims were afraid to go out in public. One such person was a young woman who Facebook user Rachael Jacobs saw a Muslim woman silently removing her hijab on a public train. Jacobs assumed this was because of the woman's fear of attack because of her religious attire. She ran after the woman and asked her to put her hijab back on, telling her that she needn't be afraid because she would walk with the woman. The incident sparked a series of posts on Twitter detailing where people rode each day, making offers to walk or ride with anyone who was afraid. Shortly after this trend began, the hashtag #illridewithyou started being attached to each post. Muslims now had a way to safely find people who would walk with them, making them feel safer on the streets of Sydney.
The social movement is growing, and it's not relegated only to social media users any more. People have been creating stickers with the phrase "I'll Ride With You" and placing them on their bags, and even pinning large notes onto their clothing as a way to communicate with anyone who needs support. Makebadges.com.au is helping with the cause by creating a specialised #illridewithyou badge. Kind-hearted Australians no longer have to wear makeshift notes on their clothing. This pin communicates your message for everyone to see.
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