Control The Visibility
and Impact Of Facebook
Powerful things are often the most dangerous. Useful things often become the most annoying. Facebook tags are all of the above!
“Tagging” is the process of turning a a reference to a friend, in either text or a photo, into a clickable link, and generating a notification to that friend that they have been mentioned.
For all the right reasons, this is a really handy, flexible and powerful tool that is positively delightful. Sometimes though, because of the increase reach if can create, it’s prone to spam or at least the spreading of unsavory things. Because of this, we need a way to keep a safety lock on this item.
Fortunately, Facebook does a great job of making this process easy to understand and intuitive to tinker with!
(I know, quite the surprise that Facebook seems to finally be getting the idea of “easy to understand” privacy settings!)
Step 1: Go to Your FB Privacy Settings Page
In the upper right hand corner, click on the drop down arrow and then click on “Privacy Settings“.
Step 2: Visit The “Timeline and Tagging” Options
To the right of the “Timeline and Tagging” sub-heading you will see “Edit Settings” … click that.
Step 3: Adjust The Individual Tagging-Related Privacy Options
Here you will find a variety of Tagging-related options that you can customize to your liking:
1. Who can post on your timeline? – I like to set this to “Friends”
2. Who can see what others post on your timeline? – I prefer “Friends of Friends” here.
3. Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline – Yes. (More on this below)
4. Who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your timeline? – “Friends of Friends” is my favorite but you may want to really think about this.
5. Review tags friends add to your own photos on Facebook – Yes. (If your friend Jill sees her friend Jack in a photo you upload… she can add a tag to the image that tags Jack. This option lets you approve it before the tag goes live. This prevents you from accidentally appearing to be tagging Jack if you and Jack aren’t on speaking terms.)
6. Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? – I like “Friends” here but “Friends of Friends is probably better if you attend a lot of events or family functions.
Now, lets come back for a moment to that “Review posts friends tag you in”…
Once you’ve enabled this feature, any time you are tagged in a post, you will get a notification in your “Activity Log” button. This buttons its to the lower right of your profile’s timeline cover.
While the tag is pending… it is visible to the “tagger” and to the tagger’s friends… but is NOT visible on your wall and is not displayed to anyone you have selected that can see images you are tagged in (usually that is your own friends).
Clicking on the Activity Log button will take you into the activity log and the pending items are shown at the top:
Here you see that my friend and colleague, Donna Merrill, has tagged me in a share of my blog post. I can either click the small check mark to the right that would approve just that item… or I can click the larger check-mark with the “Approve” button, to approve ALL pending items. This is the old style of how this was displayed.
Here’s another example:
In this entry, you can see that my friend and colleague, Yorinda Wanner, tagged me in a lovely quote image, with a sincere mention that she was thinking of me. This item is also using the new display style and you can see that the “Add To Timeline” button has replaced the check-mark but is functionally the same.
This gives me the smooth ability to approve items from friends and colleagues that I wish to share… while protecting my friends from being spammed to via extraneous spammy tags!
If you’ve had your fill of spam tagging on Facebook, this is how you keep it in check while still enabling your friends and associates to tag you when appropriate.
If you are tagged in an inappropriate item, not only do you want to NOT approve it to be displayed on your timeline… but you should also visit the item and manually remove the tag.
I hope that this helps you feel more safe and in control over who gets to wave your name around in the “public” that is Facebook!
Have you ever been tagged inappropriately on Facebook? Do you find the tagging feature useful, annoying, or somewhere in between?
~ Kim ~
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