Facebook adds hashtag support

Social media website Facebook announced on Wednesday that the popular communication site will now support hashtags from its users. Sites like Instagram and Twitter have been hashtag-supportive for many years, but rumours first started to emerge in May that Facebook was investigating the use thereof.

Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook (image: Facebook)

“Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook. Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. 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,” said Facebook’s Greg Lindley.

Users on Facebook will now be able to search for a specific hashtag from the search bar, much like any other site that supports them.

“Hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. We’ll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world’s conversations,” Lindley concluded.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor