One of the features of Facebook that is often misused is the tagging feature. In theory, this is a wonderful tool. If you upload a picture or video, you can tag it with someone’s name, and they’ll be notified that you’ve tagged them, so they can go see it. If you write something to or about someone, they get a notification that you’ve done so. However this also has potential for disaster. Be aware of how this works, so you don’t inadvertently annoy or embarrass someone!
Where it Shows Up
When you tag someone, it shows up on the wall of their Profile. This means that anyone that checks out that person’s profile (colleagues, potential employers, family members, church friends, etc.) can see it. If it’s a picture or video, it also shows up under the “Pictures of me” or “Videos of me” link, which displays underneath someone’s picture. While that person can remove the tag if they don’t like what you’ve tagged, it still has the potential to cause damage before they can get to Facebook to remove it. So tag wisely, and be sure people want it seen.
How They’re Notified
Once a person has been tagged, they get a notification. They ALSO get a notification every single time the tagged item is commented on. This gets particularly annoying when in combination with the next point.
It is considered VERY BAD MANNERS to tag someone in a compromising photo or video, as well as in something they are not in. Nothing is worse that sitting through an entire video, only to find out that the person has tagged you only to get you to watch it. (Whatever happened to just sending a note saying, “I’d love for you to see this,” rather than deceiving me into thinking I’m in something?)
Be wise in your use of tags. If you are going to tag something, make sure you have that person’s permission, or you are extremely complimentary (such as giving them credit for something they have already shared.) Every tag you make reflects on your business. Use the tagging feature wisely to avoid losing friends!
What do you think? Have you had bad tagging experiences? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!