Yesterday, Google announced a new way to search for trending topics through Google Search by using the power of the almighty #hashtag. Yes, those tags your friends are using in excess on their social network posts have now been indexed, and are quickly and easily searchable through Google.
Now, whenever you search for a hashtag on Google, a little sidebar widget will appear on the right side of search results showing hashtags posted on Google+ (only those shared publicly, of course). Clicking on the widget will take you to a full list of posts on Google+ using that specific hashtag. While only Google+ gets sidebar love, links to perform hashtag searches from other social networks will still appear in the normal Google Search results.
Initially, it looks like this Google Search’s latest feature will only be available in the US and Canada, with no timing on global availability just yet. While we’re still trying to figure out if searchable hashtags on Google’s homepage will actually be useful, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake show us how to enrich our lives by using hashtags in normal day-to-day conversation. (Expect to see your kids talking like this in the near future). #android4lyfe