Facebook reportedly adding hashtag support

A new report claims Facebook developers are working to incorporate the social networking website staple of hashtags, which have largely been made famous by Twitter, into its own service. Those familiar with the matter are unaware of how long exactly the Palo Alto-based company have been building the functionality, but the feature is unlikely to be released imminently. 

If implemented, the element would allow fast indexing of conversations built around topics, as on Twitter. The move ties in with Facebook's effort to become the "best personalised newspaper," recently unveiling new search features and a total redesign of the News Feed.

This presents obvious advantages with increasing the amount of time users spend on the site and therefore the reach of advertising, but could decrease the company's credibility if they're seen to be copying rival services' features directly. The move does illustrate Facebook's heightening rivalry with Twitter, however. 

Hashtags on Twitter allow users to comment upon a topic using a hash symbol, such as #Vatican. Despite Twitter offering a protected – or private – status for accounts, the social networking service has always remained inherently open compared to Facebook.

It would make most sense for an open, public area of Facebook to hold hashtag-based conversations. Given the volume of users Facebook currently holds (over a billion), a Twitter-clone within the service could see many part-time tweeters abandon the service altogether in favour of Facebook. This could, however, present further privacy issues.

Both companies are fighting over mobile users and monetization opportunities, when many users of each service use both frequently. Facebook's advertising revenue soared above $4.3 billion last year, whereas Twitter is predicted to make $500 million this year. The difference does decrease when focusing mobile advertising, however, where Twitter is expected to turn over $249 million this year compared to Facebook's $851 million. When contrasted with the respective users of each service though, Twitter are making far more revenue per-user.

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After reading this I'm disappointed that Facebook isn't supporting Twitter hashtags, which would have been awesome!

Shame.

Neobond said,
After reading this I'm disappointed that Facebook isn't supporting Twitter hashtags, which would have been awesome!

Shame.


Maybe they are; The report is saying they are adding hashtag support; Is it for FB, compatible with Twitter or both, we dont know.

The Laughing Man said,
I absolutely hate seeing people post hash-tags on Facebook.

yeah, me too. i am not a twitter user, and i do not like to see such tags on facebook

however if they were actually functional, they would make more sense

Saw someone last night post a picture of some chicken breast with the caption "Yea Chicken! #protein #muscles #gym".

I wanted to end that person.

McKay said,
Saw someone last night post a picture of some chicken breast with the caption "Yea Chicken! #protein #muscles #gym".

I wanted to end that person.

If this kind of crap starts showing up on my facebook feed (and if will if they start using hashtags), I'm never going back there again. I don't use twitter for a reason.

As an avid Facebook user, I cant wait! Ive always wanted to see a hashtag system in facebook so I can search for individual posts that match my interest, This will make me even more avid, as I love exploring things.

>The move ties in with Facebook's effort to become the "best personalised newspaper," recently unveiling new search features and a total redesign of the News Feed.

Yeah... but unfortunately the new News Feed is rather poor. I got the new feed a few days ago, and right now I don't want to login to Facebook because it no longer feels like its a place to catch up with MY friends and MY family. Instead, I see posts, pictures and contents from what my friend's friend has posted, or their like pages. It's really annoying.
I worked it out to be around 15% of the content on my news feed is from my actual friends list, the rest is from THIER friends, likes and sponsored pages. As it stands, I'm left feeling like I'm using someone else's account, and that's not even taking in to consideration the stupidly large UI. 3 posts per screen, who's idea was that?

So, while it might be a newspaper style feed of crap that no one really cares about but it's local and of friends of friends, its just that. Crap. For most people, this isn't what they signed up to Facebook for.

Don't even get me started on the default news feed. I've had one post that keeps coming up to the top every few hours and it's dated back to Saturday! Yeah, Facebook, great that you think I'd find it interesting so you'll show me it again, how about you show me some more content that is older then 8 hours.

*rants off into the sunrise*

Luckily, we can still use the people hub

Back on topic of the hash tags... I have quite a few friends who already update their Facebook status with tags #alreadybuiltin so it'll be interesting to see how many #bored and #fml posts we'll get.

dead.cell said,
Yet, still unable to find anything you're looking for...

I completely agree. The search engine (Bing powered?) is horrible.


Those familiar with the matter are unaware of how long exactly the Palo Alto-based company have been building the functionality, but the feature is unlikely to be released imminently.

Should only take 15 minutes, tops...

rfirth said,

Should only take 15 minutes, tops...


Then explain to us how to implement it in 15 minutes.....

(BTW, rfirth will problably never reply to this comment)