Finally Facebook have announced that they will start to allow their members to use clickable Twitter style hashtags in their posts. This will enable users to quickly identify hot and trending topics currently being discussed across this social platform.
Clicking on a hashtagged keyword will activate a pop up box that will display other posts using the same keyword.
“Facebook follows Twitter by adding clickable hashtags“
“Facebook is adding support for hashtags to help its members keep track of popular topics being discussed on the social network,
Adding the “#” sign to a word will turn it into a clickable link which brings up a feed of what other people are saying about the same topic.
Using hashtags to identify a theme was popularised on the internet by Twitter.
Facebook said it offers a “larger view of what’s happening”. Experts said it might also aid ad sales.
Other services that support hashtags include Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Sina Weibo, LinkedIn and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
The news was announced on the California-based firm’s News Page.
It said clicking a hashtag would bring up a chronologically ordered list of comments using the same term, including posts from people and pages they were not friends with and had not liked.”
Read more about the Facebook Hashtags Announcement at BBC NEWS
This will be a useful enhancement to the Facebook user experience and is likely to prove extremely popular given that users already have a good understanding about the benefits of using hashtags in their posts, as pioneered by Twitter.
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