Facebook introduces Twitter style @ reply facility in status updates

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Breaking news – apparently Facebook has just introduced the ability to tag your friends in status updates.This is basically a response to Twitter and one of its coolest features the @ reply which enables you to direct a message to another Twitter user while not having to make the message private.

What is smart though is that when you put in an @ symbol in your Facebook status update a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose from your list of friends and other connections, including groups, events, applications and Pages.

According to Mashable friends you tag in your status updates will receive a notification and a Wall post linking them to your post. Like other Facebook innovations, the app will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks.

There’s a fuller explanation from Facebook engineer Tom Occhino’s here. It’ll be interesting to see if Facebook borrows any other Twitter features over the coming months. Are hash tags on the agenda? Maybe?

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