#Auspol is the go-to hashtag for Australia’s political junkies.
It's the place to be for the politically engaged Australians of Twitter, who tweet their often rude and crude thoughts on Aussie politics in 140 characters or less. It's often shouty, always opinionated and not for the faint of heart.
Today, #Auspol is in the top 30 trending topics for all of Twitter globally. But that hasn't always been the case. Before September 2010, the #Auspol hashtag had only been used seven times. But on September 7 that year, two men stepped up for what would prove to be a really, really long press conference.
Analysis provided to BuzzFeed News by Twitter has revealed the evolution of the hashtag from there.
1. It all started with these two.
As Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor held a press conference to reveal they would side with Julia Gillard to help Labor form government, Twitter user @FischerKim sent out a simple message.
She followed up followed up with four more tweets
Over the next three days, use of the hashtag grew:
07/09/2010 - 241 Tweets
08/09/2010 - 1569 Tweets
09/09/2010 - 1562 Tweets
2. Today, the hashtag is among the most-used in the world.
Its biggest single day came earlier this year when prime minister Tony Abbott saw off a vote to spill his leadership in the Liberal party room.
Other big days in 2015 have been the release of a report on children in detention, Abbott's post-spill address to the National Press Club and the lead-up to the PM's leadership scare.
3. The single most popular #Auspol tweet so far this year has been…
4. 2014 in #Auspol was all about the budget
The biggest day for the hashtag last year was when treasurer Joe Hockey and finance minister Mathias Cormann were busted smoking cigars a day before handing down a harsh austerity budget.
Other big moments for the hashtag came in the days following the budget, during the #bustthebudget rallies and when the carbon tax was finally repealed.
5. The biggest #Auspol tweet of 2014 was…
6. 2013 was all about the election and Kevin Rudd stalking Julia Gillard for the prime ministership.
The biggest single days in 2013 were when Kevin Rudd finally defeated Julia GIllard for the leadership, followed by the day of the federal election and Kevin Rudd's failed leadership putsch in March.
7. That year the most popular #Auspol tweet was...
8. In 2012, WikiLeaks had the biggest #Auspol tweet.
9. In 2011, the biggest tweet was in support of marriage equality.
10. And in 2010, at the birth of the hashtag, the biggest tweet came from the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann.
11. The five most retweeted #Auspol tweets ever are...
12. The most prominent #Auspol user is @taxenuffalready
He/she has sent more than 91,000 tweets. Many of them along these lines.