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, 2011 at 18:51
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    Also, @-referrals only work in posts, not in comments.
    – mark4o
    Feb 9, 2011 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? Jan 15, 2015 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)

  • I tried it just now but it didn't seem to render the markdown after posting. Just kept it in plain text...
    – victorlin
    Jan 13, 2017 at 0:46
  • @victor did you click the button? You have to toggle it on.
    – davetapley
    Jan 13, 2017 at 0:49

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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