The humble ‘#’ has come a long way since 2007. A symbol that was originally known as a hash symbol or a pound sign is now being used as an ubiquitous way to categorise Tweets as well as the occasional use off the internet as a way to sum up a feeling – much to peoples disliking. It seems that the rumour of Facebook getting the hashtag categorisation feature started to become available to certain people on Wednesday.
You’ve all got Chris Messina to thank for the invention/widespread use of the hashtag. He created the unique way of categorising tweets way back in 2007 and ever since then it’s been adopted by millions. It’s an easy way to categorise what your tweet is about and enables others to search for information using hashtags.
How Facebook will implicate the hashtag is something I’m interested in. Currently, as far as I’m aware, there’s no way to search for what people are talking about or a particular topic of interest, and how will this work for people who are ‘private’? It seems that Facebook will be introducing a new Hashtag Feed for users to directly post on and search.
With hashtag support hashtags from other services such as Twitter and Instagram will also be clickable and searchable making the connection between each service become more intertwined.
At present only a small number have been given hashtag support but Facebook hope to roll out the feature to more people over the next few weeks.
What are your thoughts on the hashtag categorisation system coming to Facebook?