Tag Someone, Pages and Places on Facebook

Tagging is an important aspect of social media as it is just another way of relating people to events, media or conversations. It is common on both Facebook and Twitter in slightly different ways. That’s why I’ve put together this post with everything you need to know about tagging on Facebook, because the feature is so useful.

Tagging someone on Facebook will associate them with your posts, images, videos or timeline. It’s a nice way to share experiences and build conversations. You can tag an image or text and use them as you see fit. Below is everything you need to know about tagging on Facebook.

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What is labeling?

Let’s first give a brief overview of what tagging is and what it can do. As mentioned, when you tag someone on Facebook, you create a link between the post or image you tagged and the person tagged. The content will not only appear on your own timeline, but will also appear on people who have been tagged or notified based on how they set up Facebook.

Other people who see your content also have the opportunity to visit the person tagged in it. This is to expand people’s social circles and then have the opportunity to befriend them.

How to tag someone on Facebook

Tagging on Facebook is pretty simple. It should be for use by the widest possible demographic. The more people tag, the more social connections are created and the more Facebook becomes an integral part of our lives.

Labeling in an image

Tagging someone in a photo is pretty simple.

  1. Open the picture you want to tag in Facebook’s photo viewer.
  2. Click Tag photo below the picture.
  3. Click on the picture you want to add the tag to and type a name.
  4. Click Finish Labeling in the bottom or right menu when finished.

If the person you tagged is a Facebook friend, the tag will appear instantly. If the person you tagged is not yet a Facebook friend, they must accept the tag before it appears.

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There is a little etiquette regarding tagging in photos. It’s considered rude to tag someone who doesn’t want to be tagged. It’s also bad practice to ‘overtag’, ie putting a dozen tags on a single photo. The exception is of course team or group shots, but as a rule keep the labels sensible.

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Tag in an image caption

There may be times when you want to tag someone who doesn’t appear in the picture on Facebook but might be of interest to you. I use this technique when posting family photos or photos that family members might want to see but are invisible. It’s a helpful way to spread some joy.

  1. Open the picture you want to tag in Facebook’s photo viewer.
  2. Click the Add description text link in the right pane. Click Edit if you already have it.
  3. Type ‘@’ in front of the person’s name and click on the person from the pop-up menu that appears.
  4. Click Edit Done.

You can also use the ‘Who were you with’ option when uploading or posting the image to achieve the same goal.

Tag a post

Tagging in a post is as easy as it happens automatically. If you mention someone who is a Facebook friend, a tag option will appear as soon as you type their name. Click on the link as it appears and the tag will be automatically encoded into the post.

  1. Write your update, post, comment or whatever.
  2. A pop-up menu appears as you type your friend’s name. Click their name in the box.
  3. The tag is automatically added to the content.

Tag a page or group

People aren’t the only ones you can tag in Facebook text entries. You can also tag groups or pages using the ‘@’ sign.

  1. Write your update, post, comment or whatever.
  2. Add the ‘@’ sign followed by the page or group you want to tag.
  3. Click the small drop-down menu to add the tag.

For example, if you want to tag a Dallas Cowboys group, type ‘@Dallas Cowboys’. The popup will appear with all the matching groups, select the one you want to tag and your update will be entered.

These techniques work on desktop and mobile devices.

Tag a place on facebook

While you don’t have to ‘Like’ to tag a place on Facebook, it might be nice to do so if you think it’s worth mentioning. You can tag them otherwise, it’s up to you.

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  1. Write your status update.
  2. Click on the little gray location icon at the bottom.
  3. Choose a location from the drop-down menu.

Find photos you’ve been tagged in

By default, Facebook puts the picture on your timeline or notifies you when you’ve been tagged in a picture. This may not happen if you have changed your privacy settings. If you’re curious or someone has mentioned you’ve been tagged, you can quickly find out. Here’s how.

  1. Go to your Facebook profile page.
  2. Click the Photos link, then click Your Photos.
  3. Check each image to see the tag or comment.

If you don’t want to be tagged in an image or want to remove the tag, you can. Click the little gray gear icon next to the image and select Report/Remove Tag. This will remove the tag from the image, even if it’s not your picture or if you’re not friends with the person who posted it.

  1. If you’re shy, you can also prevent yourself from being tagged in the privacy settings.
  2. Go to Settings and Timeline and Tagging.
  3. ‘How do I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?’ Select change settings below.

Tagging is an integral part of Facebook and one of the areas where you are given a lot of control. Now you know what it is, how to use it, and how to control who tags you and how to post!

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