Lately as I have been conversing and nosing around on both my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I have noticed one common theme…. the hashtag. For those who are not familiar with the hashtag this is simply the pound or hash sign (#) placed in front of a word or phrase with no spaces (i.e. #TGIF or #Ihatemondays).
Hashtags are really only valid on Twitter as these hashtags can be clicked on and viewed for trending purposes. Words or phrases prefaced with a hashtag can easily be categorized so they show more easily in the Twitter search. For example, when doing a search for #Charliesheen within the Twitter search, I get the following results:
As you can see, the results easily filter all of the recent Tweets that include #Charliesheen.
Now that that is explained, why do we see this same trend occurring on Facebook even though hashtags don’t truly exist on Facebook? Are Facebook users trying to tell Facebook something? I see it all of the time throughout my Facebook wall with my friends placing hashtags in front of phrases and words. True enough, some of these may be cross posting and sharing on Twitter and Facebook, but there are those that you see that are obviously not (the dead giveaway being the character limit within their update).
There are even those on Facebook who are getting frustrated with the fact that people are using hashtags when they mean nothing on Facebook as of now. Check out this post below of a Facebook friend of mine and her opinion on the situation:
So, with that, I leave everyone with the question, should Facebook incorporate hashtag functionality through updates? What are your thoughts?