Have you ever logged in to your Facebook account and everything looked different? That’s because Facebook always changes things around. It’s common for Facebook to roll out new features even without you noticing so I have decided to compile “What is new on Facebook” in this post for you. Facebook in this month of June 2013 has rolled out a couple of new features.
Facebook in a bid to remain the best social media network has always tried to improve its services by always introducing new features to improve how we socialize and relate with friends and family. Notably in this month of June, Facebook has rolled out three awesome new features. They include the following;
Video on Instagram
Photo Comments and Emoticons.
Facebook Hashtags: In a previous article on this blog titled “Is the # Hashtag coming to Facebook soon?”, I discussed how Facebook was trying to introduce the hashtag on their social media just like on Twitter. In this month of June 2013, Facebook has finally announced the introduction of the Hashtag, when you click on a hashtag on Facebook; you will see a feed of same topic discussed by other people.
How to add a hashtag on Facebook: Adding a hashtag on Facebook is quite easy as adding a # before the word you want to tag, do now give any space between the # and the word. An example is #Nigeria illustrated on the image below.
As you can see from the image above, the hashtag is clickable and when you click on it, it will display a feed of all other posts tagged with same word. See image below
Of what importance is the Facebook Hashtag?
One may be wondering of what importance is the Facebook hashtag? Well the answer is pretty simple. The whole idea of using a hashtag is to make your post discoverable by other Facebook users who may not even be your friend. The Facebook hashtag has helped in breaking the barrier of reaching out to people who are not your friends on Facebook, so next time you use a hashtag, my advice will be to use a popular hashtag on your update so that a wider population of Facebook users will see your post.
You can use the hashtag to promote your business or brand, simply tag the right words. Remember to keep it short and relevant.
Video on Instagram: Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram has seen the company grow bigger and better and just recently Mark Zuckerberg announced that Instagram now allows recording and sharing of short videos just like Vine for Twitter. The shared video will appear in your feed just like an image.
Photo Comments and Emoticons: Another awesome feature added by Facebook is called the photo comment. This feature allows you to reply a status update with an image. You can now notice the camera button on the reply box of Facebook. Users on mobile will only be able to view photo comments but cannot be able to post one for now.
Emotions can now be added to status updates. Now you can add what you are feeling, reading, watching, or even eating.
What do you think of these Facebook new features? Do you know of other new features on Facebook this June 2013? Share in your comments. Remember to subscribe to my RSS feed.