For the record, I think Facebook introducing hashtags was a great thing, but now that it’s been a few weeks am I the only one who thinks it’s still a bit awkward? It just doesn’t feel natural. Here’s my theory why:
Since Twitter really blew up around 2009, Facebook had already been in the college mainstream since about 2005 and the entire world in 2007, giving them a few years head start on social media best practices. After Facebook introduced the news feed and the subsequent status update, Twitter differentiated themselves with allowing just 140 characters and the ability to link messages with hashtags.
So after we logged on to our Facebook then Twitter accounts, our brain used those differentiations to view them both differently. Now we have to re-train our brains to know we can link our status updates and photos, and that will take awhile…let’s say another month or two.
Am I the only one that feels this way? Does anyone else feel a bit awkward putting hashtags in their Facebook statuses?