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What U.S. History Would Have Been Like With Hashtags

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Michelle Obama tweeted a photo Wednesday with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, a gesture of solidarity with the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo

The First Lady@FLOTUS

Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo

05:03 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was some debate over whether this is the best way for the White House to affect the world. But imagine if we had this powerful tool in the 1980s:

Hey, it's not like we have any power to get things done. (h/t Matt Miller) CC: @jkirchick

liel leibovitz@liel

Hey, it's not like we have any power to get things done. (h/t Matt Miller) CC: @jkirchick

11:10 PM - 8 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And what if we'd had hashtags throughout all of U.S. history?

Various events in history, like the sinking of the USS Maine, could have been commemorated, with hashtags.

Katherine Miller is the political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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