English Town Upset When "Japanese Cartoon" Usurps Hashtag

"Hostile" twitter takeover yesterday when fans of a "Japanese cartoon" stole the #rdg hashtag

I grew in a town named Reading, which, when you told someone, would provoke the occasional Monopoly comment. Those were rarely as witty as the person making the comment seemed to believe. However, I wasn't nearly as indignant as the local newspaper for Reading, England recently got when they discovered that their "#rdg" Twitter hashtag had been "hijacked" by anime fans talking about RDG Red Data Girl.

as GetReading explained:

Reading was the victim of a hostile twitter takeover yesterday when fans of a Japanese cartoon stole the rdg hashtag.


Yesterday evening, between 5pm and 6pm, loyal fans of the cartoon figure Red Data Girl stormed #rdg with more than 17,000 tweets.


Hashtag data shows that at peak the tweets reached an eye watering 17,500 an hour, usual use registers below 1,000 tweets.


Although their tweets have dramatically decreased, Red Data Girl's fans appear determined to continue their rule over #rdg so Reading is now tasked with finding an alternative hastag.


RDG Red Data Girl is directed by Black Butler's Toshiya Shinohara. Based on Noriko Ogiwara's light novels, the P.A. Works (Angel Beats!Hanasaku Iroha) production features Saori Hayami (Oreimo's Ayase Aragaki) in the lead role. 


When 15-year-old Izumiko Suzuhara moves from her home at Takamura Shrine to try out city life and enrollment in a Tokyo high school, she meets an entity named Himegami, who turns out to be a warrior who must protect her with his life.



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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