Facebook is going to start using one of the Internet’s most iconic symbols: the hashtag. It’s a page right out of Twitter’s 140-character book but, according to sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg’s integration of the hashtag isn’t going to hit anytime soon. There’s reportedly no timeframe currently attached to the roll out.
Hashtags have become an important and popular way to begin and take part in conversations on Twitter, and that’s apparently the same idea here. Instagram, which already uses hashtags and is owned by Facebook, lets users sort through photos by popular hashtags (#fromwhereistand, #latergram).
With hashtags infiltrating the world of Facebook, status updates and conversations surrounding them will likely evolve into a Twitter-like experience. “By incorporating hashtags, Facebook would be able to quickly index conversations so that conversations can build around topics,” the WSJ explained. It’s unclear how far the social network is in development, so we’ll keep our eye out for more #information.