This is a day of change for Facebook, as Facebook has finally decided to hop on the hashtags bandwagon such as the other popular social networks: Twitter, Piinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.
Facebook issued this statement that refers to their move of adding support for hashtags for the social platform that will make more than its billion members very happy! Now Facebook users can be connected to popular memes, breaking news, and the latest celebrity gossip:
“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,” the company wrote in a blog post Wednesday announcing the update. “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.”
Hashtags were first introduced and made popular by Twitter. These # symbols referred to as hashtags, enable individuals to network through and partake in “real time” discussions on breaking news, events, and other media outlets. Before hashtags on Facebook appeared as unclickable text, now that text can be clicked on and accessed through this recent change.
In addition, users can also browse and search for hashtags from the Facebook Search mechanism and also acquire updates through a hashtag feed. This allows users to access hashtags that are derived from the other popular social networks and platforms such as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
This Hashtag move has come as a result of Facebook’s concern of losing their audiences that are aged 10-20, as those ages are becoming more commonly interested in social networking services such as Instagram and Twitter. Although- it is a smart move on their part, it may not catch on as fast or deter users from making the ultimate switch from Twitter. However, it could very well open the door for some audiences to engage more with Facebook when discussing media reviews and breaking news.
In addition, for now Facebook Hashtags are only accessible through the Web, and not with other types of applications or devices. However upon this announcement Facebook added that it will be updating and offering more features in the next coming weeks.