Google+ Gets Hashtag Autocomplete

By: Chris Crum - January 17, 2012

It’s a simple, but useful feature. Google just announced the addition of hashtag autocomplete to Google+. It’s pretty self-explanatory. When you start typing a hashtag, it will suggest options as you type.

Here’s a quick clip demoing the functionality:

Google’s open web advocate Chris Messina announced the feature in a Google+ update. He wrote:

From current events (#SOPA) to the arts (#MonochromeMonday and all those photo tags [1]), +#hashtags are a great way to build communities around content on Google+.

We want to make it even easier to use and discover hashtags, so today we’re rolling out a new auto-complete feature. Now when you start typing a hashtag in a post or comment, Google+ will present a list of hashtags you might be looking for.

Google+ product marketer Louis Gray added:

Did you know +Chris Messina is the godfather of +#hashtags? No doubt he would be the guy to introduce us all to a new feature rolling out now, to help you share the right hashtags trending inside Google+. Now you’ll know more about #SOPA and #MusicMonday or #Caturday than you ever expected.

It will be interesting to see if these make their way into Google’s web search suggestions the way other Google+ content has.

Chris Crum

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