#CongratsOnTheBabyNiall: Wait, what’s happening on Twitter right now?
If 2014 showed us anything, it's that One Direction's fans own Twitter.
The boy band's online "fandom" is tens of millions strong. It's made a name for itself all year for hijacking Twitter's trending section by making its own hashtags go viral. And we're not talking standard, predictable hashtags — Directioners are known for taking the weirdest, most esoteric things and tweeting the crap out of them.
And with the new year only a couple days old, they've already done it again. #CongratsOnTheBabyNiall started trending worldwide Friday and, by late Friday night, showed no signs of slowing down.
According to Epoch Times, the hashtag is just a big joke, and some of the Directioners' tweets allude to their confusing ability to make literally anything trend.
Now that we know Niall Horan is not, in fact, having a baby, let's take a look at some of the weirdest examples of hashtags that only a Directioner would understand:
Remember that time Harry Styles favorited an, um, explicit tweet, inspiring this hashtag? No? Probably because you're not part of the fandom.
In November, One Direction member Zayn Malik caught a stomach bug and had to miss some shows. When he returned to performing, #ZaynIsBack was a worldwide trend.
What Directioners want, Directioners get — they've proven that time and time again, like when they wanted Niall to take a selfie with his new nephew, Theo. The hashtag went viral, and — you guessed it! — Niall took a selfie with his new nephew.
It turns out Directioners' hashtags aren't all weird. They got #CongratsJohannah trending when Louis Tomlinson's mom, Johannah, got married. Cute!
But seriously, most of their hashtags are pretty weird, like #Larryshippersonstrike, which was meant to organize groups who think Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles have a secret relationship — "Larryshippers" — and get them to unfollow One Direction's social media accounts to protest the stars' supposedly keeping their relationship under wraps.
So this happened.
What do you think is the One Direction "fandom's" weirdest Twitter accomplishment?