Facebook To Finally Add ‘Hashtag’ Feature

Facebook To Finally Add 'Hashtag' FeatureHashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations.

‘Functional hashtags’

Support for the all-but-ubiquitous topic organization system was rumored in March and will roll out to a small percentage of users Wednesday. Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users in the coming weeks.

The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook, and functional hashtags are the first step.According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags anyway, so why not make them work? Hashtags will be both clickable and searchable, so, for example, topics like #NSALeaks or #NBAFinals will now exist.


‘Clickable’

Hashtags from other services, such as Instagram, are clickable as well. Users will also be able to compose posts directly from a hashtag feed and search results. That could make adding real-time content to specific streams easier than before.

Twitter user Chris Messina created in 2007 the hashtag as we know it today.

What do you think of Facebook rolling out the hashtag soon — cool or not? Feel free to dish out your opinion via the comment box below!

Source: Christina Warren, Mashable, CNN

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The Growing Trend Of Passive-Aggressive WiFi Names

The Growing Trend Of Passive-Aggressive WiFi NamesSome wireless internet users have been setting their network names to send snide messages to their neighbours.

‘Witticisms’

Many stick to mundane options like “Home” or “Wireless01″. The more adventurous may even use their surname or address. But this is an era of bite-sized self-expression. It’s possible to see names like “Drop it like it’s hotspot”“Terror network”, and “Virus Detected Shutting Down”. Or witticisms like “Pretty fly for a Wi-Fi”and “Wi Believe I Can Fi”.

Users of social network Reddit have gathered together examples that are less about the humour and more about sending a message to a neighbour, like “You’re music is annoying!” is followed by “Your grammar is more annoying!”


Pet misbehaviour is addressed, with examples like “Shut The Barking Dog Up No 7″. Another expletive-laden name demands neighbours stop letting the cat use their lawn as a toilet. Noisy neighbours seem to be the principal source of complaint. Particular types of noise complaints dominate. Chief among these is sex. “We can hear you having sex” apparently appears with a degree of regularity across Britain and Ireland, according to OpenSignalMaps.

Most wireless networks now come with secure settings as default. But “Go Away Don’t Steal My Broadband” and “Stop Mooching Our Internet” suggest that “stealing” of unsecured broadband still irritates some users.

‘Classic Fridge Note’

Network name complaints are the “digital equivalent” of the classic fridge note, says technology expert Tom Chatfield. But what purpose do they serve? Instead of awkward face-to-face confrontations, the network name jokers can anonymously send a message, and can target unknown perpetrators.

But not all interactions are combative. One generously offers “Free Wifi For Neighbours”“Hola Neighbourinos” and “I like my neighbours” further show that networks names need not be a form of conflict.

What WiFi name do you use? Tell us about the funniest or most striking WiFi name you have encountered!

Source: BBC News

Image: Roy Reid