#GoodNews: Facebook introduces Hashtags!

Facebook is trying hard to hold its users. After introducing Feelings in status, Facebook has now introduced hashtags! Facebook wants to help you make your conversations just a little more discoverable, and it’s decided to finally include a long-missing feature- clickable hashtags- to the News Feed. If you’ve enjoyed hashtag searches on Twitter, Instagram or other social networks, you’ll now be able to enjoy it on Facebook, too.

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. Up until today, any hashtags from imported tweets or Instagram posts just showed up as regular text, with no backlink to accompany them. But now, when you’ll click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.  When it comes to the visibility of your own hashtags, Facebook won’t allow any unintended audiences to see your private updates, so you remain in control of your desired privacy.

Facebook Hashtag

Now you can
  • Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar. For example, #NBAFinals.
  • Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

As always, you control the audience for your posts, including those with hashtags.

Facebook also plans to roll out trending hashtags and other related features in the coming months, but this is a good start for now.