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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.

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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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