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The idea of Facebook adding hashtags incites uproar

March 15, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Many users are upset about the prospect of Facebook adding hashtags.
Many users are upset about the prospect of Facebook adding hashtags.

Facebook is looking at allowing users to add hashtags to their posts, according to recent reports. And that's got some users crying foul, saying the social network shouldn't become a Twitter wannabe.

Hashtags -- which involve including a "#" sign in front of a word -- were popularized on Twitter, Facebook's biggest rival in the social media market. Hashtags enable users to easily categorize their tweets and to search for other users' tweets on the same topic.

The feature has been mimicked by many other platforms, including Google+ and Facebook's own Instagram. As a result, many Facebook users include hashtags in their Facebook posts out of habit even though hashtags don't work there.

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But now that hashtags may be heading to Facebook, some users are voicing displeasure.

"It'll be like Twitter," one user said. "That is so stupid."

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