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The internet is a big and complicated place; it’s called “The Web” for good reason. It’s a giant ball of twisting and turning strings, a mass of connections between isolated blocks of information. This is its nature, its natural inclination — the formation of connections. The technology it’s built upon facilitates this, and through its relatively simple means, allows for an impressively wide array of websites to be created.

One of the newest practices popping up in web app development is known as “the hashbang”. It’s this little fellow: #!. You can find it in the URLs of some of the hottest social networks around. Why is it here? What does it do? Should we embrace it, or fear it? Is it here to stay?