Friday, January 27, 2012

Understanding Facebook @Tags for Business

Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter play a large part in what we read and see online.  People find that they get their information about what is going on faster by seeing what their friends post and tweet about rather than conventional news sources.  As a small business - it's important to understand how you can make these two 'tricks' work for you as well....don't worry - it's easy

@Tags in Facebook

What is a @Tag?
A tag links a person, page, or place to something you post, like a status update or a photo. For example, you can tag a photo which will link to the people in the photo or post a status update and say who you’re referencing.

What do they do?
  • Tagging people, pages and places in your posts lets others know more about who you’re with, what’s on your mind and where you are. turn on Profile (Timeline) Review to review and approve each tagged post before it goes on your profile (timeline) or exclude some people from seeing tagged posts of you on your Wall (timeline).
  • When you tag someone, they'll be notified. Also, if you or a friend tags someone in your post and it's set to Friends or more, the post is visible to the audience you selected plus friends of the tagged person.
  • When someone tags you in a post, your friends may see what you’re tagged in on Facebook. The tagged post also goes on your profile (timeline). If you’d like, you can

How do I use @Tags?
  • To tag a person - Before you begin to type a person's name, type the "@" symbol and then begin typing their name.  Facebook will automatically begin suggesting friends you might be referencing. (see image below)
  • To tag a business or page - Follow the same process as when tagging a person but instead type the business name and select it from the suggestions that Facebook provides.
  • Once you have selected the person, place or page you want to tag it will appear blue and be a live link.
  • Everytime someone tags your Business page on Facebook - your stats will increase (# of people talking about this).

To learn more, check out Facebook's guide to tagging.
It might be a little confusing or awkward at first but tagging is vital at spreading your message and spreading the love on Facebook - a good thing for small business in the social media world.

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