Facebook’s Tagging Review – It’s a Start….

I started playing with Facebook’s tagging review feature.  It’s a nice feature but not what I was expecting. When tagged in a friends post with my privacy controls set to review all tags, the hyperlink (tag) to my profile still showed on her wall prior to my approving it.  Apparently approving/denying it only affects if it shows on MY wall.   I expect that result would have been the same had I been tagged in a picture.  Since my friend chose to shared her post with the public, EVERYONE could see that I was tagged and still link back to my personal profile.

Even if she only shared the post with her friends, the tag is still there.  With a large number of mutual friends, had the post/photo contained questionable content, it would still be harmful to my reputation even if my other friends do not see it.  Effectively, the new tagging review option merely keeps the post from showing on my wall until approved and does not actually prevent the tag from showing elsewhere.  You still need to remove the tag manually.

As an additional note, my personal profile was tagged in a photo this morning while my tagging review feature was active.  The photo did show up on my friend’s wall showing my name WITHIN the body of the post (making it very visible) but did not show on MY wall until it was approved.

Tagging approval is a welcome addition, but as long as the tag shows up somewhere, I think the review feature is lacking in actually protecting one’s privacy.  A far better option would be to deny the ability of others to tag me without prior consent.  Why not  provide me an additional setting in my privacy controls to allow me to choose who can tag me?  I find it odd that I can control who can send me friend request, who can message me, who can see my posts, but cannot control who is allowed to tag me.  Like I said, it’s a step in the right direction, but still falls woefully short of protecting the user’s privacy.

Robert Nissenbaum


About Robert Nissenbaum

As a consultant, speaker and educator I provide common sense, practical and actionable social media advice to small business owners and solopreneurs. Active using LinkedIn and Facebook since 2007, Twitter since 2009, Google+ and Pinterest by invitation before public release and now Instagram, the advice, support and training I offer are based on close to a decade of experience in using social media for my personal and own business brands, not simply what I have been taught or read. I approach social media from a very different perspective than most in the industry. I teach small business owners to shift their view of social media; to understand it’s less about their content and more about networking and building relationships. I work with clients to create the blueprint they need to succeed, help put the infrastructure and systems in place and offer continuing support. Social media is more than a career. It’s my passion. Having spoken on and taught social media since 2011, you’ll get a knowledgeable, seasoned speaker who will deliver quality content without fluff and up-sells. I am available to speak or facilitate social media training workshops at your event on a variety of topics and have presented in Washington and Arizona. Speaking engagements and workshops can be tailored to your needs with presentations as short as 20-30 minutes and training workshops starting at 90 minutes.
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