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Does Facebook have any text formatting enhancements like Markdown? While writing a comment or status update, can I use linked texts or @-referrals? Or is it just like Notepad?

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No you cannot, only @-referrals to friends,events and pages that you are affiliated with on Facebook.

You can only place formatting in notes.

Cheat Sheet

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Its a good thing too, or else Facebook would turn into MySpace with people copy pasting HTML code to include stupid images everywhere. – Jakub Feb 8 '11 at 18:51
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Also, @-referrals only work in posts, not in comments. – mark4o Feb 9 '11 at 1:06
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The link is broken (This content is currently unavailable). Also, what is a "note" in facebook? Does it still exist? – Denilson Sá Jan 15 '15 at 9:38

I can't find any official announcement, but it seems that Markdown is now supported only when posting as a page:

Facebook comment in Markdown (with preview)

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Facebook Markdown is a Google Chrome extension that enables markdown (lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax) on Facebook. Facebook Markdown is available in the Google Chrome Web Store.

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