#Finally: Hashtags Arrive at Facebook, Unlocking a New Arena for Public Chatter
Jun 2013 20

Six months after being named ‘word of the year,’ the hashtag is coming to Facebook.

Yesterday, Facebook announced the first in a series of new features that will make it easier for its users to carry on public conversations – beyond their circle of ‘friends’ – within the platform. This marks a significant shift, as Facebook has traditionally built its conversation platform in a more limited, non-public manner.

Beginning today, users will be able to click through hashtagged words on Facebook. Upon clicking, they will be able to view all public posts – from both individuals and pages – on that same topic. Users can also enter a hashtag directly into the Facebook search bar to explore conversations there.

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