In a move that some have called “copying” from Twitter, Facebook announced this week that it has adopted the latest linguistic tool to edge its way into our lexicon. They will now support dynamic hashtag searches. If you’ve been on the popular social networking site recently, you may have noticed that some of your friends have begun adding hashtags to the end of their status updates, and some folks even pop them into their comments as well. You might have scratched your head over this usage, since prior to today, hashtags were not “live” on the site and were therefore not searchable.
Those “in the know” always assumed that eventually, hashtags would become dynamic, searchable content, and they would sprinkle everything they wrote with the annoying…whoops, we mean… useful pound sign. Some status updates contain seemingly countless hashtags which prior to this week would kind of hang out on the end of the update, looking stupid… er… we meant to say hopeful.
According to a report on Cnet.com, Facebook anticipates that the decision will allow for fast and easy grouping of content, popular stories, memes, important and breaking news, and celebrity gossip. As posted on the Facebook blog- “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.” Because, as we all know, our own opinions on a topic or event are simply not good enough.
Young people have been losing interest in Facebook’s services because they have nearly non-existent attention spans the social networking site has not kept up with their demands. By adding the searchable hashtag feature, Facebook hopes to become “cool” again, much in the same way a grandma becomes cool by trading in her polyester slacks and buying clothes from The Gap; yes, it’s still current, but everyone else has been doing it for years.
Facebook must have really felt out of the loop. Like the nerdy kid who is always on the outside looking in, Facebook wants to be part of the popular group: “Starting today,” they wrote on their blog, “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.” See? See? We’re just as good as those other services! We are! We swear!
Here’s what you’ll be able to do with the new feature, according to the blog post:
• Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar. For example, #NBAFinals.
• Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
• Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.
Teens and 20-somethings everywhere must be rejoicing; finally they can participate in being sheep joining in on important conversations about trending topics. No longer will they have to worry that they don’t know what everyone else is saying about Kim K.’s baby or Paris Jackson’s mental state. Thank goodness!
The feature is live on the site starting Wednesday, June 12, 2013, so enjoy the new searchable hashtags and don’t worry at all about posting original thoughts or individual opinions. Who needs them, anyway?
By: Rebecca Savastio
Source 1: cnet
Source 2: Facebook