On top of verifying accounts and pages and changing its “subscribe” button to “follow,” Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has once against taken a Twitter cue and begun to integrate the hashtag, bringing us one step closer to Internet homogeny and Skynet.
In a statement Wednesday announcing the new feature, Facebook said hashtags are “a vital part of popular culture” and that, since Facebook users had begun to use them anyway, why not just make them an official part of Facebook?
Facebook hashtags -- a word or phrase preceded by what was previously known as the pound sig” (#) -- will function in the same manner that Twitter hashtags do: Clicking on one will take you to a page that shows every related and similarly hashtagged post. While Twitter was the first social media outlet to adopt this method of organization and communication in 2007, other networks such as Tumblr and Pinterest quickly followed suit.
Maya covers the U.N., Europe, and the Middle East for IBTimes. She joined the company in July 2012 after having previously worked with DNAinfo.com and Gawker.