Tagging Ads is Lame

This week I got a notification on Facebook that I had been tagged in someone’s note. I went to see what it was about, and lo and behold, it was an ad. I was one of MANY people tagged in this note. HOW LAME.

And I’d just like to take a moment to explain what’s wrong with this, so we don’t start seeing a whole flurry of these:

  1. Your friends on your profile have not opted in for ads. That’s what a Page is for.
  2. It’s against Facebook Terms of Service to advertise through a profile. A profile is for personal use.
  3. It’s annoying. When you tag someone, they think you’re talking about them. When you get a notification that turns out to be nothing more than an ad, you’ve done damage to your credibility.

Don’t be a drive by tagger. You can market your business, but do it in appropriate places. Otherwise you’re wasting your time on social networks.

Your thoughts?

7 Responses to Tagging Ads is Lame
  1. Jill Coleman
    May 25, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Amen! Not professional at all.
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  2. Rick Perry
    May 25, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Is it ok to send out occassional ‘pique’ ad about your business on facebook? Thanks!

  3. Anne Brook
    May 25, 2011 | 7:12 am

    I tagged one of my own photos with the names of many people – to make sure they looked at the photo (and album). I really thought they would be interested (it wasn’t an ad or anything, it was an event I went to). Was this a no no? I meant it as a ‘look at this’.

    • Jennifer Fong
      May 25, 2011 | 7:36 am

      I think in most cases, you’re better off sending a note and asking them to look, instead of the tag. When you tag, it shows up on their wall, and also appears from the link “Pictures of NAME OF PERSON YOU TAGGED.” Unless they’re actually in the photo, it’s usually best to skip the tag.

  4. Jodi Truscott
    May 24, 2011 | 10:18 pm

    Tacky, tacky, tacky!

    That being said ~ Jen, what are your thoughts on tagging in a post in order to “refer back” to the person who you are quoting, etc?

    • Jennifer Fong
      May 25, 2011 | 7:37 am

      I think you can include the tag that links to their individual Page, and that’s a great option. But photo tagging someone works differently, and shouldn’t be done. Make sense?

  5. Shelley Haynes Heile
    May 24, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    Love all your topics! You rock!

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