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Tech Tuesday: Explaining Facebook Hashtags

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As you may have noticed, Facebook has officially brought the hashtag to its social network. Now, including the # symbol in your post will make it easier to find by others. It's a small feature change with far-reaching implications. Emily Knabb, Content Manager for BFG Communications, tells us why in today's Tech Tuesday segment.

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What are hashtags?
The hashtags Facebook is integrating are the same type of thing you would find on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. They are clickable phrases that begin with the pound sign, followed by the term or phrase (with no spaces). Before now, people were using them in their status updates, but others were not able to click to see more of what has been shared on that topic.

What does this mean for Facebook?
• Search for a specific topics from your search bar. For example, #NBAFinals.
• Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
• Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

What's next?
Facebook will be continuing updates to make discovering content easier. Trending hashtags and deeper insights are among those enhancements.

Have a tech question for Emily? Tweet her: @emily_knab or email: coastalsunrise@wsav.com

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