OK, I’ve learned a lot about Twitter hashtags. For instance:
#firefly will usher you directly into the great TV series Firefly, a sci-fi cult classic that Fox inexplicably cancelled after just one season. The story centers on the crew of Serenity, a Firefly-class starship (because tail section lights up on take-off). Premiered on Fox in 2002, the show featured a smart script, terrific ensemble acting, heartthrob Nathan Fillion, and a great theme song. In spite of all this, and to the eternal dismay of its many loyal fans, the show went extinct after just a single season. Yet it lives on in the Twitterverse.
Meanwhile, #fireflies yields an endless stream of tweets and Youtube remixes posted by fans of the song “Fireflies” by Owl City. Topping the US and Canadian charts in 2009, this song ties together insomnia, fireflies and summer. Most frequently tweeted are these lyrics:
You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep…
‘Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance
Go ahead, watch it – their YouTube video has over 200 million views! Personally, I’m not crazy about this song because the firefly scenario is scientifically implausible. (Since you asked, here’s my favorite firefly song by Colin & Caroline.) But recently I got won over by this lucid and charming explanation posted on the Owl City FaceBook page:
#fireflies #wonder Every summer, rising above the noise, these hashtags will lead you to folks who are reveling in the pure joy of seeing fireflies – the actual bioluminescent insects – some people for the very first time. And for me, this #MakesItAllWorthwhile.
2020 Update: This year the birthday of Owl City’s founder Adam Young fell on the exact.same.day as World Firefly Day – more #fireflymagic!