Science hashtags of 2016

As the resident online producer (and the person looking over things on social media), I’ve seen a lot of hashtags. And boy, has this year been a doozy. From the inappropriate to the politically charged to the hilarious to the trademarked hashtag issue about a certain global sporting event that happens every four years.

Let’s have a round-up of some of the best science-related hashtags of 2016 (in no particular order).

#REIGNTHESWAMP

This one was essentially a hijacking of Trump’s campaigning with #DrainTheSwamp. Who doesn’t love it when scientists trump politics and share the delightful creatures form the swamp?

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#SUPERBOWL

(this search requires a fair bit of sifting through the sport-related tweets)

Ahhh the Superbowl, one of the biggest sporting events in the US calendar or a national celebration of the Superb Owl, the gracious, all-knowing bird species?

#PHDATTENBOROUGH

The PhD science twitter community is a strong one. As is their love for Sir David Attenborough’s treatment of documenting his environment. Cue hilarious tweets about the life and tribulations of PhD students.

#THISISWHATASCIENTISTLOOKSLIKE

Scientists are all about revealing the truth — and the truth is scientists come in many forms that aren’t just white males in a lab coat. This hashtag was all about showcasing diversity in science.

We loved it so much, we published a blog about it.

#JUPITER

On July 4, NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter after an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet during a 35-minute engine burn.

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Just suss out the entire Twitter NASA Juno account

#BUGSR4GIRLS

Bugs are not just for boys. The girls of twitter united to show their love and encouragement for all things with more than 4 legs, winged, slimed, and creepy and fabulously crawly when a young girl was bullied for her love for bugs.

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#BIODIVERSITREE

The festive season is upon us. And scientists love to get in the spirit of Christmas. As evidenced through the #biodiversitree hashtag. This one may not have reached trending but it’s too delightful to not share!

#BESTSPOTS

As they say, never challenge a scientist. Because they will do their best to outdo you. So when a scientist on twitter innocently tagged a picture #bestspots, little did they realise they were about to start an all-out war for the animal with the best spots. Truly some amazing competitors were delivered.

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Did we miss a hashtag? Let us know.


Originally published on Australia’s Science Channel: http://www.australiascience.tv/blogs/science-hashtags-2016