Hashtags Go Live on Facebook, Start Clicking them Now
Article by George Norman
On 13 Jun 2013
The ever so popular hashtags that are an integral part of Twitter are now available on another social network – Facebook. Hashtags became clickable on Facebook this week.

If you’re not familiar with hashtags, let me quickly go through a short introduction. Hashtags are clickable links that help you find posts about topics you might be interested in. For example the hashtag #NBAFinals links to posts related to the NBA Finals. Please note that the number sign # is crucial – you have to use it to create hashtags.
Learn more about using hashtags in this help article.

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Since Twitter users are very much familiar with hashtags, they don’t need me explaining how hastags work. What does come to mind is that some Twitter users have even been hashtags on Facebook, annoying certain users and prompting them to posts things like “This isn’t Twitter, this is Facebook you noob.”

Such comments are now a thing of the past. Yesterday, June 12th, Facebook announced that it turned on hashtags. Or to put in another way, hashtags became clickable on Facebook on June 12th.

"Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook. Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you'll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic,” said Product Manager at Facebook, Gregory Lindley.

Lindley went on to say that as of this week, Facebook has the following hashtags-related functionality to offer:
  • From the search bar you can search for specific hashtags.
  • Hashtags from other services, like Instagram for example, can be clicked on.
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

“Hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. We'll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world's conversations,” concluded Lindley.



Tags: Facebook, Twitter, hashtags, Instagram
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