Jun 13 2013, 3:05am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Facebook has rolled out a new hashtag feature on its main menu. This is a trick that it learnt from Twitter although the hashtags will not exactly work like Twitter’s entities. The new feature will allow users to view pictures, text and connections all at one go. The hashtags have the symbolic value of “#” that represents them. Once Facebook fans click open a hashtag they will get access to the main material without any hitches. However, there is one proviso. The hashtags don’t reveal everything under the sun. Unlike its cousin, Twitter, Facebook will have its hashtags valuable only for displaying public content and friendly sharing. Before this, most of the tweets were posted as textual excerpts on Facebook. But now they will offer a brand new world of exploratory insight as announced in an official blog post. This is a renewal of something that was beginning to appear old hat. The basic purpose of hashtags is to let people build contextual consensus and share a common vision.
Hashtags are fast becoming a major part of popular culture. The major usage of hashtags is that they can be clicked in order to open up a whole new world of experience. Once you add the “#” with a sentence it is instantly clickable and a ton of alternative stuff written by other people regarding the topic can be shared at once. What this means is that a user can search for a particular hashtag from among millions. These can range from #Mothers Day to #Golf. Hashtags that feature on different sites such as Instagram can be accessed as well. Furthermore, composition directly from the hashtag feed will be possible thanks to Facebook’s new policy. Besides Instagram other sites such as Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest will be featured. One thing which is absent from this set up is Google+. The originator of the hashtag is of course Twitter. In fact, there are way too many hashtags on Twitter posts.
Facebook and Twitter share many similarities. It is a fact that those who have a Facebook page also invariably have a Twitter account. Facebook even changed its “Subscribe” button to “Follow” thereby automatically transforming subscribers into followers. This again is a copying of Twitter’s follow facility. Hashtags are barely the beginning in the evolution of pop culture. A new era will open up thanks to this sharing of information on a regular basis.
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