Facebook has today launched its hashtags, a move announced March this year.
According to Facebook, “Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook. Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest.
Facebook added, “Hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. 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.”
The Facebook hashtag will allow users search for a specific hashtag from their search bar such as #PRISM, click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram and compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.
Facebook also said that one can control the audience for their posts, including those with hashtags and they are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations.
“We’ll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world’s conversations,” it announced.
The hashtag will bring trending conversations more to the forefront especially during primetime television where the firm said there are between 88 and 100 million users engaged on Facebook in America alone.
Before the hashtag,” there has not been a simple way to see the larger view of what’s happening or what people are talking about.”
Sadly, Twitter originally launched the hashtag over five years ago.