After changing the name of its ‘Subscribe’ button to ‘Follow,’ Facebook is now planning to use ‘hashtags’ which will allow users to add context to a post and indicate that it is a part of a large discussion. It seems that Facebook is literally copying every concept used by Twitter by saying that it is a natural and much better way of going about.
Social Networking giant Facebook seems to be taking an unexpected path of copying, where the company is literally using features from another social network Twitter. Previously, Facebook changed the name of its ‘Subscribe’ button to ‘Follow’ and also renamed subscribers to followers. Now the company has decided to bring hashtags to Facebook.
According to Facebook, hashtags have become “a vital part of popular culture”. The company also said that Facebook users have already been using them for a long time, and now the company has decided to actually implement the feature.
And for those who are interested in checking out this new service, the new feature will allow you to search for a particular hashtag that you might be interested in, click on hashtags that have originated from other services like Instagram and also compose your own posts using hashtags. If you are wondering how to do that, all you need to do is prefix the ‘#’ symbol before the word. Here are a few examples to get you started: #Facebook, #Birthday, #WorldCup etc.
Facebook has also mentioned other services that use hashtags, and Instagram happens to be the first one of the list. Others include Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.