Facebook to use Twitter hashtag style

Mar 14, 2013
Facebook to use Twitter hashtag style

Facebook is preparing to take on Twitter by adopting the messaging service's iconic hashtag symbol, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Users of globally popular one-to-many messaging service use # or pound symbols as a hashtag to indicate subjects in tweets.

The style is such an entrenched part of the Twitter language that the San Francisco-based company added a hashtag search feature to make it easy for users to find messages focused on themes or happenings of interest.

For example, people firing off messages at Twitter about a hurricane might use the hashtag #storm.

The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying is incorporating hashtags into the social network in a move that would let members organize comments and posts by topic.

The report said Facebook is testing use of the symbol but that the feature was not likely to be introduced imminently.

Explore further: Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

Related Stories

Twitter unveils email sharing

Nov 16, 2012

Twitter introduced a new feature to the globally popular one-to-many text messaging service—the ability to email "Tweets" directly from the message stream.

Twitter adds Instagram-style photo features

Dec 11, 2012

Twitter on Monday added Instagram-style smartphone photo sharing features after the Facebook-owned service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate its images into tweets.

Twitter tool shows hot tweets when people meet

Oct 05, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first Twitter tool that ranks the popularity of individual messages plans to make the backchannel conversations at conferences and meetings more interesting.

App clash: Instagram shuts off Twitter feature

Dec 05, 2012

The smartphone app Instagram turned off a feature Wednesday that allowed easier photo viewing for Twitter users, in a move that pushes the two popular tech platforms farther apart.

Twitter expands ad program to mobile users

Feb 29, 2012

Twitter said Tuesday it was expanding its advertising program to mobile users, the latest bid by the short-messaging service to boost its money-making efforts.

Recommended for you

Silk Road website mastermind faces lengthy jail term

4 hours ago

The American convicted of masterminding criminal website Silk Road, which sold $200 million worth of drugs to customers all over the world using digital currency Bitcoin, will be jailed Friday.

Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling

May 28, 2015

Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.