Facebook hashtags roll out, to help with ‘public conversations’

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WTVR.com

Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users’ better search and catalog conversations.

The company said Wednesday that the new feature will help users discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations

Hashtags, unique and often cryptic terms preceded by a hash mark (“#”), are specially tracked and aggregated on Twitter as they will be on Facebook. Twitter shows which tags are trending, and clicking on a hashtag brings up other posts with the same tag.

Recent examples would be #NBAFinals, #FathersDay or #UsOpen

The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook, and functional hashtags are the first step.

According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags anyway, as many users already have their accounts connected with social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, which feature hashtags. That’s why the hashtags show up on Facebook already…

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