Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about Twitter hashtags. For instance:
#firefly will usher you directly into the cult kingdom of the TV series Firefly, a sci-fi classic billed by its creator as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.” The story centers on the crew of Serenity, a Firefly-class starship (when it took off, the ship’s tail section lit up). 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. But on Twitter, it lives on.
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: Continue reading