As you scroll through your Facebook news feed this week, you might notice something different at the end of your friend’s status — hashtags. If you are already familiar with social networking services and websites like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter, then the integration of hashtags should be no surprise. For the rest of us, a hashtag is a word or phrase prefixed with the “#” symbol that becomes a clickable link when used. This clickable link will become a search term for a specific topic. For example, try typing a number sign in front of “Sandusky” or “RollTribe” in the Facebook search bar. Facebook will recognize the number sign and automatically turn “#Sandusky” or “#RollTribe” into a search term that becomes a clickable link on your personal timeline or page. Hashtags help people find posts about topics they are interested in. Ultimately, hashtags allow you to become part of a wider conversation.
Written by SAM CHADA
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