Facebook users can now use #hashtags to follow public conversations around their favorite topics.
Facebook on Wednesday announced it has joined the growing number of social media networks using the hashtag to organize public topics and conversations.
The social media giant adopted the system – where users add # before a word to signify it is a topic, allowing others to follow that topic – after ogling as Twitter and Google+, have for some years, used the hashtags to gain conversational edge. Tumblr, Pinterest and other social networks also use hashtags.
“Today, we’re excited to begin rolling out hashtags to make it easier for these ongoing conversations to come to the forefront of the Facebook experience,” Greg Lindley, a Facebook product manager, announced in a post.
“Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook,” he said. “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.”
With the implementation of the #Hashtags, starting Wednesday, users can click on a hashtag in Facebook and see a feed of what other users are saying about an event or topic.
If it does not work for you immediately, do not worry, the new hashtag service is immediately available to about 20 percent of Facebook users. The rest will get it gradually over the coming weeks, with additional features that Facebook will be rolling out.