#Facebook #Hashtag #Apocalypse

June 14th, 2013 by Sarah Gallagher

I love a good hashtag, y’all. I think everybody does! They are great engaging pieces of content in social media posts that can really build engagement among your followers. They are also extensions of your post that allow you to specify your tone and point of view. Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and several other platforms have all integrated hashtags into their interface and users love them. Personally, I’ve been using hashtags with these platforms for years, and I find that it really allows my sarcastic personality to shine through!

Well I have BIG news for y’all. Between 11pm last night (when I last checked my facebook) and 9:30 am (when I first checked my facebook today), Facebook rolled out the use of hashtags. And I gotta say… I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Now, we all knew this was coming. There have been rumblings of it for weeks! But, it is finally here. I feel like an apocalypse has happened in the social media world. I mean, c’mon… hashtags are just for Twitter and Pinterest right? Right?! Apparently not.

What I’m interested in is how the hashtags will be incorporated considering Facebook’s privacy settings. I am hashtagging under the pretense that hashtags are for trending purposes. But if my settings are “Friends Only”, does that mean that my post will not be part of what is trending on Facebook? I’d love to know the answer to that one!

Here are some shots from the trending hashtag, #hashtag, as of this morning. Some people are stoked, and some are not so stoked. How do you feel about this?

Hashtag Haters:

Hashtag Lovers: