In Facebook (and Instagram and Twitter) you can “tag” someone in a picture so they get notified. These pictures go into the “Pictures of you” stream on Facebook and depending on the users’ privacy settings, everybody can see them. Tagging others in pictures is a great way of sharing pictures with your friends.

I really like it if my friends tag me in pictures I am actually in. I would have missed many of the shots my friends took of me at Dragon Boat festivals without this feature. But of course this can also become a nuisance. If you can’t stand being tagged in posts and pictures you can turn this off in the Facebook settings:

Facebook Tag setting

As I said, I like my friends to tag me and during events I encourage people to tag themselves in the event pictures so their friends see how much fun it was.

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One pet – peeve of mine has fortunately pretty much died out: Tagging a whole bunch of people in a product picture so they see it. 🙁 Even if this happens it is quite easy to remove tags on Facebook.

If you are tagged in a picture or a post you don’t want to be associated with, it’s pretty easy to “untag” yourself.


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remove tagAll you need to do is go to the picture, click on “Options” and select “Remove Tag”.
If you find the image offensive or spammy you can report it to Facebook and they might take it down.

Here is a little video that Facebook posted on their page about how to untag on the mobile app:

For Facebook Page owners tagging can become a problem.

In my coaching practice I suggest asking clients or visitors to an event to tag themselves in pictures. That way we know that everybody is ok with showing the world they were there. Because only a percentage of people will actually do this, the post will not gather as much attention but at least you don’t appear to be violating privacy rights.

Do you have a “Tagging Story”? Please share!

Image and video by Facebook

Published by Frithjof

Digital media strategist, coach, community manager and CEO of BlueBird Business Consulting. Blogger, podcaster, content creator and teacher with a passion. Favourite quote: “To succeed in the business of the future we have to become the very people we are trying to reach” ~ Brian Solis

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