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Facebook Adds Hashtags

Facebook has added clickable hashtags to its site allowing members to click on a hashtag to view conversations on specific subjects in real time. The idea is to make socializing around events such as the Super Bowl or the season opener of Mad Men reach beyond a Facebook user’s own social network.

Like on other social networks, when you click on a hashtag on Facebook, you’ll be able to see a feed of what other people and even pages are saying about that topic or event. Facebook users will still be able to control their privacy settings, so only hashtags that are made public will be available for full public consumption.

The social network has plans to roll out additional conversation features in the near future. Here is more from Facebook’s blog:

Hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. We’ll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world’s conversations.

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