4.8 Tagging @ in Facebook

Facebook’s version of the feature, like Twitter, also uses the @ symbol to invoke. However instead of having to simply know or remember the person’s username you’d like to tag, Facebook will generate an auto-suggest dropdown based on what you’ve typed after the @ symbol:

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This is a nice touch considering that the scope of Facebook’s status tagging feature goes beyond just being able to tag your friends. You can also tag pretty much anything you’re connected to in the Facebook universe: companies, brands, artists and shows — anything that has a Facebook Page. You can also tag events and groups you’re a part of.

Once the item you’re wanting to tag appears in the list, all you have to do is click on it to select it and include a linked version of that entity in your status update:

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Unlike Twitter, the @ symbol won’t actually remain as a part of your update; it’s merely the syntax that invokes the tagging feature itself. Instead, the full name of the person, page, event or group you tagged is now contained in your status update, contextually linked to its actual page. When your friends see your status update, they’ll be able to click on any of those links to find out more and possibly friend, fan, join or attend whatever you linked to:

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Here’s an example of using a status update to tag an event:

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And here’s the result after I’ve selected the correct event I want to tag in the update

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Otherwise, as you can see, the new status tagging feature is fairly easy to use, and could help direct you and your friends more easily to other content around Facebook they might also like. TOPICS: FACEBOOK, HOW TO, SOCIAL MEDIA