Something strange is happening to Facebook and its all because of “#” What on earth is a #? Its a hashtag. And what exactly is a hashtag? Well, Wiki explains:
A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the symbol #. It is a form of metadata tag. Short messages on microblogging social networking services such as Twitter, Tout, identi.ca, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, Google+ or Facebook may be tagged by putting “#” before important words.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, now WE can use clickable #hashtags on Facebook. That’s right. All those long hashtags you used to type for fun on Facebook will now be more useful by making searching for things on Facebook more easier. Like for example: if you wanted to search for posts/messages/videos on Facebook under the #hashtag #edopeno, just simply click on the #hashtag in Facebook and you”ll be transported to a separate Timeline that would look like this:
From here, you’ll be able to view all of the posts/images/videos posted to that specific #hashtag, which makes sorting through all the social mess much easier and make way for much more engaging social conversations across Facebook’s billion number user-base. Here is a rundown on the features (as given by Facebook):
• 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.
#hashtags have been out for a long time, so its nice to see Facebook finally implementing its usage. There is a lot of potential in #hashtags. Facebook knows this and has made the first step behind many others before who have already walked down the path to make labeling and searching for #hashtag [insert # here] that much easier.
Sidenote: I’ve got a project in the works dealing exclusively with #hashtags that I hope you will support as soon as I release it. I call it #ProjectEdopeno. So, please stay tuned![img remixed. Via]