Facebook hashtags introduced, intended for “public conversation” use

By on Jun 14, 2013 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Facebook hashtags is now live, with the same hashtag principle that Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest have been implementing. This means Facebook is now allowing a public conversation or forum within their pages. Facebook users can now share their views on a hot topic around the world and can be seen publicly.

Facebook hashtags sample

Facebook hashtags sample
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“To date, there has not been a simple way to see the larger view of what’s happening or what people are talking about.” Facebook product manager Greg Lindley wrote in a post this Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in the company‚Äôs newsroom page, announcing the availability of the clickable hashtags on Facebook.

“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.” Lindley added, noting that users can still control its usage.

To be able to use this feature, Facebook hashtags should be denoted with a “#” sign. Users can search for a specific hashtag from their search bar. #NBAFinals was mentioned as a good example of today’s trending topic. Then, they can click on the hashtags that started on other social sites and compose their own messages on their Facebook walls.

Lindley emphasize that hashtags on Facebook is only the first phase to help users to easily discover what others are saying about a certain topic, and to be able to share their thoughts about them. This means that Facebook is still planning to launch more related features in the future, which will include the trending hashtags.

What do you think about this latest Facebook feature? Will it be another source of privacy problem, or will it be a big advantage in expressing our freedom of speech?



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