Has this happened to you?
You’re running around the Facebook playground:
Catching up on news…
Chatting with friends…
Visiting your favorite pages…
You go to update your personal status, and…
TAG – You’re it!
One of your Facebook friends has tagged you in a photo — and you had no idea it was coming!!
Scrapes & Bruises
Ever since Facebook changed the layout of profiles and pages, I’ve been even more guarded about picture tags…
Every time someone tags you in a photo, the image arrangement in your 5-picture banner changes. I made a special banner, and I want to keep it visible to those that would visit my profile.
More of issue:
Often enough, I’ve been tagged on images that had nothing to do with me:
- I was not in the photo.
- I was not involved with the event in the picture.
- I was not mentioned on the image.
My best analogy of that: Social media knock-knock split!
Here is a prescription of sorts for when tagging images is appropriate:
- To recognize someone in the photo.
- Acknowledging someone that took the photo – if they gave permission.
- Paying tribute for being an important part of an event.
- Giving credit for creating an image or graphic.
Posting an image on the Internet involves someone’s personal space.
Tagged photos and images can be seen by those searching for someone — That includes potential employers.Always ask yourself: How would I feel if I were tagged in this photo?
The Right Band-Aids
Mari Smith, author of “Facebook Marketing – An Hour A Day,” offers a thorough look at Facebook Tagging Etiquette! Be sure to check out her post, Facebook @ Tagging Etiquette – A Guide For Personal And Business Use.
All Facebook’s Ultimate Guide To Facebook Tagging Etiquette is a quick read and includes a short and cute video on the basics.
Getting Back on the Merry-Go-Round
In short – Don’t be the bully. Refrain from playing knock-knock split, and you’ll avoid the playground whistle ending the fun.
Remember: Social media is about them…not you. So as long as you’re involving your friends and fans with tribute and respect, everyone logs off the playground with a smile. 🙂
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