In a blogpost today, Facebook announced the introduction of clickable hashtags. These hashtags will work exactly the same as the other major social networks. Users will be able to follow trending keywords by clicking or searching for the hashtag.
Using a hashtag turns ordinary text into a clickable link on your wallpost, timeline or page. Hashtags have long been used on rival social network, Twitter, to spread news and organize chats. To form a hashtag, put the pound sign (#) in front of the word or word phrase you want to make clickable. e.g #metrony
According to the blogpost you can:
- 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.
Visibility and Privacy
Your hashtags are visible with friends on your wall and in a newsfeed. If you use a hashtag in a public post or on a Page, anyone who clicks that hashtag can see your post.
The announcement also eludes to additional upcoming features to help users follow trending topics as well as the advent of improved analytical data.