Facebook Updates: Hashtags and Filtering Pages in the Newsfeed

I’m including two updates I have spotted recently over in the land of blue – hashtags being enabled and users having the ability to control how often Pages show up in their Newsfeed. The latter is rather interesting as it is a feature that was once restricted to personal profiles.

Both are rather good updates in my eyes for certain reasons which I will go into below. It really does look like Facebook is making an effort to please the end user currently, though I will see hashtags creating a divided opinion.

#ilovehashtags

I really do like a good hashtag, but I’ve always been conscious about editing any updates from Twitter before reposting them on Facebook – so much for saving time using social media management tools right? Now, I no longer need to worry as hashtags will also serve a purpose on Facebook to enable more eyes on my status updates.

As you can see in the image below, hashtags are highlighted as clickable links.

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They are also now searchable from the search bar too – in this example I typed in #socialmedia

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You are then shown the latest posts with that hashtag. The feed currently looks like it is showing real-time use of the hashtag as I was seeing posts in different languages and users/pages that I was not connected to.

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Lastly, you can make a status update from the current page allowing you to join in with the conversation. Very handy for getting involved with a trending topic, or even creating Facebook chats as you can on Twitter – assuming that it is actually updated in real-time and stays that way.

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I’m sure there will be plenty of users who will hop on board using hashtags and it will benefit social media managers as they can now cross-promote their tweets whilst still adding value and not looking like they are being lazy.

Filtering Facebook Pages in your Newsfeed

The next feature has taken me by surprise – it really shows that Facebook must be listening to the end user and also giving Page owners some leeway allowing their fans to see all their updates if they wish.

The feature is tucked away in the Liked box which you can access when hovering over the Page’s name in the Newsfeed or directly on the Page when using the desktop. It allows you to change how many updates you see with the following three settings:

  • All updates
  • Most updates (this is the default)
  • Only important

See the screen grabs below as a guide…

Step 1 – Hover over the name of the Page in your Newsfeed

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Step 2 – Click on Liked to display options for that Page and click on Settings

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Step 3 – Then simply choose how often you want to see updates from that Page

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This feature has been available for controlling what you see from friends for quite some time. On the odd occasion, I have used it on acquaintances; no doubt it has been used on me too! It is nice to see Facebook giving some of the power back to the user so they can control what they see and, thus, Page managers will be rewarded by reaching more of their audience that they have built.

Now I’m just waiting for Graph Search access to be rolled out in the UK. Have you seen any other notable updates recently from Facebook?

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