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#Rude: Facebook To Introduce Hashtags

Submitted by on March 17, 2013 – 10:19 amOne Comment

Now it’s getting personal. Facebook is reportedly launching another assault on social media rival Twitter, this time aimed at one of Twitter’s most identifiable features: the hashtag.

The Wall Street Journal writes:

Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, one of Twitter’s most iconic markers, into its service by using the symbol as a way to group conversations, said people familiar with the matter. It is unclear how far along Facebook’s work on the hashtag is and the feature isn’t likely to be introduced imminently, these people said.

The article adds that the use of hashtags would be part of Facebook’s push to take over the world of real-time social media from Twitter, and all of the advertisers that come with it. Until introducing the Newsfeed, Facebook was a site for static profiles, not real-time updates. But Newsfeed, in addition to a younger generation of users that is nearly constantly on the site, has pushed the socal network into new territory.

The hashtag is a particularly personal symbol. Twitter nearly single-handedly saved the # sign from extinction when it began using it five years ago to signify topics.

Since then, the hastag has become ubiquitous. Facebook-owned Instagram uses the sign to group photos. The hashtag has even taken on linguistic, stylistic meaning outside of its functionality: Facebook users have put them in status updates for a while now, even though hashtags have no effect on that site (yet), much to the consternation of 10,000 other users.

Facebook and Twitter have been trying to make life more difficult for each other for a while. In January, Facebook cut off the “friend finding” ability for users of Vine, a vide0-sharing feature from Twitter seen as competition for Instagram. Facebook has previously disabled proper viewing of Twitter photos.

For their part, Twitter has challenged Instagram with the introduction of Vine and also new photo filters.

What do you think? Would you use hashtags on Facebook?

[via Gawker; image via MemeGenerator]

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