Facebook finally launches hashtag support

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is introducing support for hashtags across its social networking platform.

"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," said Facebook Product Manager Greg Lindley. "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." Lindley added that users can search for a specific hashtag from their search bar (e.g., #NBAFinals), click on hashtags that originate on other services, like Instagram and compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

Users can search for a specific hashtag from their search bar.

Facebook is first rolling out hashtags to the desktop, but a spokesperson told ABC News that support will expand to its mobile apps in the near future.

Facebook's total mobile monthly active users eclipsed desktop users earlier this year and reached 751 million in the first quarter of 2013, a year-over-year increase off 54 percent. Its mobile-only MAUs also increased to 189 million, up from 157 million in the previous quarter.

For more:
- read this Facebook Newsroom post
- read this ABC News article

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