How to use Facebook hashtags

We can’t escape it. First Twitter, then Instagram, and now Facebook is jumping on the hashtag bandwagon. Facebook announced this new feature on June 12, to a sea of mixed feelings and reviews.

Facebook Product Manager Greg Lindley wrote on the Facebook Newsroom Blog:

“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.”

Hashtags are useful on Twitter, where we use them for Twitter chats and to search different topics. However, the use for hashtags on Facebook seems a little more blurry and most of us are scared that it will just get plain annoying.

The hashtags will have some benefits and positive functions:

  • Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar.
  • Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

The downside is we might be seeing a lot of useless and nonsensical hashtags from those friends of ours on our newsfeeds. Luckily there is still the ‘Hide’ feature.

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