This is interesting: Facebook is planning to add hashtags as an option for updates. While this is heavily used by twitter as a keyword and categorization method around a topic or event, I’m interested to see what this might mean for Facebook. Social Media today reported that:
The WSJ reported this last week Facebook is moving to allow users to engage around topics by using a hashtag field in status updates, that would presumably be viewable openly by Facebook’s 1 billion users.
I think possibly the strongest benefit may be from social media users who post across social networks. For example, I use Tweetdeck to post to Twitter and Facebook pages at the same time. Other folks use If This Then That (ITTT) or Hootsuite to do something similar.
This will certainly allow me to use hashtags as an organization, or grouping, tool within my posts. For teaching and learning, I could see that this would really help with postings across social networks, such as a twitter post that works well with one of my courses or teacher professional development programs and so I will be able to post it in both places using the common hashtags.
What other thoughts do you have about Facebook using hashtags?