Facebook confirmed Tuesday that it launched an update to the site that allows users to follow conversations and topics via hashtags. In its announcement, Facebook acknowledges that the feature is “similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest.”
The new clickable hashtags will allow you to search for specific hashtags in the search bar, compose clickable hashtags, and click on hasthags to see all the posts they are included in.
Facebook explained the move in a news release:
“Every day, hundreds of millions of people use Facebook to share their thoughts on big moments happening all around them. Whether it’s talking about a favorite television show, cheering on a hometown sports team or engaging with friends during a breaking news event—people on Facebook connect with their friends about what’s taking place all over the world. …
"To bring these conversations more to the forefront, we will be rolling out a series of features that surface some of the interesting discussions people are having about public events, people, and topics. As a first step, we are beginning to roll out hashtags on Facebook.”
As is often the case with changes to Facebook, you can expect the hashtag feature to be rolled out gradually. Facebook has not yet announced the others features it plans to roll out as party of this "series."
New to hashtags? Need a guide to Hasthag etiquette? Well howtohashtag.com has you covered. Of course with today's news you will soon be able to ignore the "never on Facebook" rule, which for the longest time has had so many people saying: