Facebook Hashtags Getting Closer?

Rumors began surfacing in March that Facebook would add a Twitter staple, hashtags, and now developer Tom Waddington uncovered evidence that the social network is getting closer to incorporating the feature in the form of a mention of “hashtag” in the software-development kit for JavaScript.

Waddington shared his discovery with sister blog Inside Facebook, saying that the coding was likely intended for an XFBML hashtag plugin, similar to the hashtag-tracking widget Twitter provides for developers and publishers on its platform.

Waddington also told Inside Facebook the hashtag coding redirects to Facebook.com, rather than generating a 404 error page, leading him to believe the social network set aside the page for a future feature.

Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram already uses hashtags.

Readers: Would you like to see Facebook incorporate hashtags?

Coding screenshot courtesy of Tom Waddington via Inside Facebook. Laptops surrounding hashtag image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Facebook Marketing

Facebook MarketingStarting Janaury 13, work with the group marketing manager of social media at Microsoft/BingAds to build a fan base and grow your business on Facebook! In this course, Geoffrey Colon will teach you how to set up and enhance your company page, understand best practices and measuring your success, execute a monthly content strategy, and incorporate Facebook into your overall marketing efforts. Register now!