Facebook Hashtags Now Clickable

Facebook hashtags are now clickable as the social network began to roll out “a series of features that surface some of the interesting discussions people are having about public events, people, and topics” effective Wednesday.

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Facebook hashtag (Image: Facebook blog)
On its blog, Facebook said hashtags allow users to “add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion.” Similar to Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr, Facebook hashtags make one “see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.”

Facebook said users can now “search for a specific hashtag from the search bar,” “click on hashtags that originate on other services such as Instagram,” and “compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.”

Just like in a normal status message, Facebook said users can always control the audience for posts with hashtags.

The world’s largest social networking site is the last to roll out clickable Facebook hashtags, but it’s better late than never.

Just a short trivia: Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag although it popularized it. According to ABC News, the hashtag was actually invented in August 2007 by Chris Messina, who is currently working as a user experience designer at Google Plus. His idea was to put different tweets in one group by simply using the # symbol.