My friend once posted a status update, laughing at those who use hashtags on Facebook. I was actually guilty of the crime, but it is because my Facebook is linked to my Twitter account in a way that what I post on one goes to the other. Thus, the hashtag on Facebook.
Now, though, I can hashtag all I want on Facebook because the beloved social networking site has just released “Hashtags on Facebook.”
Here’s part of the article on the Facebook Newsroom dated June 12, 2013:
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. 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.
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.
Hashtags 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.