Facebook, joining other social media sites such as Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, is making hashtags a regular feature of its social network. The company says hashtags are now clickable on the site.

Similar to the services offered on the other social networking sites, hashtags on Facebook allow users to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When users click on a hashtag in Facebook, they will see a feed of what other people and pages are saying about a particular event or topic.

With the new feature, users can search for a specific hashtag from a search bar, click on hashtags that originate on other services such as Instagram, and compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results, according to a news posting by product manager Greg Lindley.

Facebook users can control the audience for their posts, including those with hashtags. According to the post by Lindley, 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.”

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