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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Now Facebook Is Letting You Hashtag Every Annoying Thought

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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If you're anything like us, then you #fuckinghatehashtags. Unfortunately, they're only becoming more, not less, tired.

And if you were a purist who only engaged in Facebook, in part because hashtags did nothing except make people look dumb and spammy, then your days of discovering pointless information (what Suzy had for lunch or how many times Dave barfed after he left the bar) without the aid of the overused hashtag are long gone.

The social media giant, perhaps in attempt to stay relevant, announced on its blog last night that it will now let users hashtag all their thoughts.

Per the blog:

Introducing Hashtags on Facebook

Starting today, hashtags will be clickable on Facebook. Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you'll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.

• Search for a specific hashtag 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.

As always, you control the audience for your posts, including those with hashtags.

Hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. We'll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world's conversations.

Now you have two options: "Like" the page #peopleagainsthastags or just forget about it all and #quitfacebook.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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