If you believe the rumour mill, hashtags are just around the corner.
If you believe the rumour mill, which is usually correct when it comes to Facebook, hashtags are just around the corner. But what does this mean for your privacy?
Over the past five years we have seen Facebook slowly integrating the best features of its competitors and the one missing feature, after adding search capabilities last month, is hashtags. Hashtags originated on Twitter and are used to classify a tweet with a specific topic or event. For example #AusPol refers to Australian Politics or as was used on Sunday, #AusGP for the Australian Grand Prix.
Facebook is one of the few social networks where the majority of users’ profiles remain closed and private to all but those who are either friends of the user, or friends of a friend.
What ramifications may hashtags have on your Facebook privacy?
To me, if Facebook implements hashtags, it marks its biggest push yet to lower users privacy levels. Essentially, hashtags are ineffective without a wide network of users openly allowing searches by them. For this to happen, a person’s profile and posts will need to be accessible by the public.
For those who use hashtags, Facebook would be able to further target those users with advertisements around that person’s interests.
Do you think Facebook adding hashtags to their software is a good idea?
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