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Why Do People Use Hashtags On Facebook?

Updated on December 5, 2014
Why Do People Use Hashtags On Facebook?
Why Do People Use Hashtags On Facebook?

If you are familiar with Twitter, you will know all about hashtags. Twitter’s unique creation, using the # symbol, to identify keywords or trending topics.

They are synonymous with Twitter. A twitter key feature; arguably they have no place on Facebook.

Hashtags are not part of the Facebook concept and yet we tend to see them appearing in statuses more and more often.

Why do people use hashtags on Facebook?

What Is A Hashtag?

A hashtag is identified by the # symbol, used within Twitter. They can be used anywhere within the 140 characters of a tweet and when the # symbol is placed in front of a word or phrase, it becomes a clickable term and if used widely enough they can actually become a popular trending concept.

Why Do People Use Hashtags On Facebook?

Twitter and Facebook accounts can be linked and ultimately set up to auto sync. That means that for every tweet you make, it can automatically post on your Facebook profile or business page as a status update. (or vice versa)

This means that if you are tweeting about #halloween or #ilovechocolate then your Facebook status will show the identical message.

Those on Facebook then will see in their news feed, updates with hasthags. If you are unaware of Twitter, then seeing these randomly placed # will surely confuse.

There are also social media management tools available, such a HootSuite, which allow the central management of all social media updates across Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook etc, so usage of these tools can also be the reason why a general twitter-destined status appears as a short and sharp update on another site.

Facebook Hashtags - How Can I Use Them

Facebook Hashtags are now live, clickable and searchable!

And better still if you use a hashtag on another social media platform and it feeds through to Facebook it will now be active!


Is Facebook Bringing In Use Of Hashtags?

Are #hashtags coming to #Facebook? Is this going to be #totallyamazing or #totallyannoying?

Pinterest recognizes the use of hashtags in its description fields.

On Twitter, if you click onto a hashtagged word such as #reuse, it will bring up all tweets that have that same word mentioned with the # symbol. Currently when a tweet feeds through to a Facebook status, the hashtag cannot be clicked. So it is quite annoying.

The social media networking sites that exist today are all different. Facebook differs from Twitter, which differs from LinkedIn which differs from Pinterest. They are all unique in their style and their demographics. And they all use their own ‘language’ and formats.

Admittedly, we are seeing the hashtag used widely, even on television shows so for Facebook to adopt the twitter hashtag would really mean that it is just keeping up with the latest trends.

Having said that, Facebook continues to reinvent itself and stand alone. All successful businesses have a point of difference. The hashtag is a Twitter creation. Those who enjoy the fast paced, hashtag 140 character tweets love Twitter. Those who enjoy Facebook, do so for its own unique reasons (albeit frustrating when updates to timelines and notifications come all the time out of the blue).

The rumor is now fact!

Hashtags have arrived on Facebook - officially!

What Is Trending On Twitter

To see what is trending on Twitter, there are a number of sites that capture this information. They all provide you with similar information such a the most popular hashtags in use and what is currently trending. You can often see trends by location.

Depending on your writing style and the manner in which you seek out content for your articles, website, blog or even for your hubs you may want to use a tool of this nature to 'jump' onto a hot topic. It may not be evergreen but it might give you a boost of traffic.

Another idea is to see what the most popular hashtags have been over the past month and with a keen eye you could just find something that inspires.

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      LC 2 years ago

      Hashtags are stupid

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      sarah 3 years ago

      Hashtags are okay. But not when people use them in every sentence...

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      AnswerQuestions 4 years ago

      Hashtags are already live on Facebook. They should be rolled out to all users. The next step is to expand their usage to mobile devices.

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      Marc Rohde 4 years ago from Racine, WI

      I would guess that hashtags will come to Facebook soon since they are explained in a FAQ indicating that the may already work for some.

      https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341

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      Bram 4 years ago from Amsterdam

      I've been wondering for quite a while how that worked.

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      Yillyen 4 years ago

      God I hate hashtags -_-

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      Brandon 4 years ago

      well well well hashtags freakin' work on Facebook now -- damn the luck..

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Interesting hub. I've used them on facebook for that exact reason- because it is linked to my twitter account. Voted up!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      I've read the latest news indeed that Facebook will activate the use of hashtags

      I'm guilty of using hashtags myself as I do them on Instagram. :)

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      nieturtle 4 years ago

      #i aint confuzzles any more

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      Kiddish 4 years ago

      I don't use hashtags....