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Facebook Introduces Hashtags

 

It’s officially out on Facebook. Just yesterday, Facebook rolled out its newest update, the introduction of this sign #. Users may now write posts, add images, and search for content with the help of clickable hashtags. Once clicked, it pops out a feed that combines other posts with the similar hashtag.

 

 

 While other social media sites have already been using hashtags such as Twitter and Tumblr among others, Facebook adds hashtags to make it easier for people to find what others are saying about specific topics, events, and others.

 

 

According to Facebook’s Greg Lindley:

 

 

"To date, there has not been a simple way to see the larger view of what's happening or what people are talking about. To bring these conversations more to the forefront, we will be rolling out a series of features that surface some of the interesting discussions people are having about public events, people, and topics. As a first step, we are beginning to roll out hashtags on Facebook."

 

 

But why the # sign?

 

 

Since it’s already all over Facebook’s system thanks to Twitter and Instagram, Facebook decided to just use the same symbol. It makes it more familiar to users.Facebook also added that hashtags have already become a huge part of Internet vernacular.

 

 

This newest feature is already available on desktops and will be rolling it out gradually in the next few weeks. Mobile apps, however, will not yet be able to support the hashtag feeds yet but you can still use it on your posts. You just won’t be able to see the pop up.

 

 

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