Threaded discussions on Facebook may lengthen now that the site has expanded its recognition of the @ sign as a tag that prompts link creation.
Just about anywhere on Facebook where you can input content, typing in the @ sign followed by another character prompts a drop-down menu suggesting people, pages and events you’re already connected to.
Click on your choice and the @ you started to type becomes a link to the person, page or event. That also prompts the site to send a notification to the linked party about the mention. Presumably the notified party — an admin or profile owner — might feel inspired to join or revisit the conversation.
Bloggers Josh Constine notes that Facebook previously offered these capabilities only in status updates or wall posts — a feature that first became available in September 2009. Now this has expanded to comments.
Have you noticed the expanded recognition of @ on Facebook, and if so, do you find yourself joining more conversations because of it?