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Geek Tip: Don't Forget to Tag Yourself in Facebook

Geek Tip: Don't Forget to Tag Yourself in Facebook

Today's geek tip is really more of a reminder. I'm sure you're an expert at tagging your photos in Facebook and beyond, but I keep seeing a common, easy mistake: Forgetting to tag yourself in pictures on Facebook.

I'll click into a newly uploaded album, and mouse around the picture to see who's in it, and often, the uploader tags everyone but themselves. My theory is that you think that because you're uploading the photo, Facebook will track that it was you, and keep it on your profile as a picture of yours.

But a picture of yours is not the same as a picture with you in it, so when you're tagging photos, don't forget to click on your own face and add your name.

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Sherrisuzanne Sherrisuzanne 8 years
I need help fast! A person (teacher unfortunately) has tagged my daughter in a photo. She received a notification from facebook that she was tagged by this person. Now that we have told her superiors she did this, she is saying it wasn't actually her that tagged the photo. That she was framed by some computer user who did this to her? Is that possible? It specifically says her name in the photo and in the e-mail notifying us she tagged my daughter. We saved all the info and printed it and now she has removed her facebook in order to hide. Please help as my daughter is in public schools and the administrators are asking for proof because they are saying she didn't tag the photo. Could someone else have tagged it and printed her name as the person who tagged? Help please!!!!!
pthompson9 pthompson9 8 years
Guardian Angel is right -- you have to read her/his email carefully. EVEN IF YOUR ALBUM IS FRIENDS-ONLY public people can still view it and comment on it IF someone who has a public profile and is one of your friends tags someone else. I just noticed it today -- that's how I found this link -- I was googling the problem. I have a private album. I have a friend Angela who has a public account. Angela tagged her friend Jennifer who I do not know, and suddenly Jen can now see my album and make comments. The album is entirely private. Needless to say, I'm not happy about this loophole.
gbychan gbychan 8 years
I'm super-duper careful with all my privacy settings, and I make sure to use them to their fullest capabilities as I see fit. (That's one thing I really like about Facebook: all the wonderful security options!) That said, I generally tag myself in my photos and my friends' photos. However, the few times I've forgotten, someone else generally does it rather quickly. Sometimes I'm slow enough that a friend notices that new photos were posted and tags them before I can even get to them! :)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Guardian Angel: if you set your photo album privacy to just "friends only" then no one else can see any photo in that album. Privacy controls are based per photo album as well as per profile sections. Facebook has absolutely amazing privacy controls.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I hate hate hate hate it when people tag themselves. I swear they just do it so the number of pictures listed under their profile pic is gigantic. Why the hell do I want to look through 600 pictures of my friend?! I don't tag myself because I only want people to see pictures of me if you are going through my albums on my profile (which I limit to only certain friends anyway). I try to de-tag myself from many of the photos my friend's put up, depending on the content. The way I look at it, I want to be in control of the environment I am depicted in online (my job is very web-based and every potential employer has always googled me). I don't want to be tagged in some picture on a friend's profile where their friend's left rude or negative comments (not necessarily about me, just in general).
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i used to tag pictures but now i just tag myself in photos and let my friends tag themselves since not everyone wants every photo of themselves to be tagged...
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I don't ever tag myself. I don't need people flipping through random pictures of me!
misogi misogi 8 years
Maybe I should start tagging myself...I never tag myself in photos I've uploaded. Guardian Angel - You can edit the privacy of your photos as well, not just your profile.
elizabeth1689 elizabeth1689 8 years
some people don't like to tag themselves in their photos because they figure that if you're friends with them you're able to look through their new albums and should be able to pick them out of the crowd yourself
ehknee ehknee 8 years
I tag myself. Usually people see me in other peoples pictures and they say, "oh, i remember we talked that one time at that party." So, I end up connecting with people that I wouldn't have.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
I've never seen anyone tag themselves but then again I don't often go through a friend's whole picture gallery. I do have one friend who tagged random people in her pictures with names like "hat guy" or something
Guardian-Angel Guardian-Angel 8 years
Let's say you have a private account but you have a friend who has a public account. One who hasn't bothered to make their account private. Say they are both in the America network for example. If I (a creepy stranger) join Facebook I can see both these people but can't access either, they both appear as black text/links. If i was to join the America network, the person who has set their account to private will still be inaccessible, but the other will suddenly be accessible because we are now both in the same network ('all of my networks' 'some of my networks' in the privacy settings). Now lets say the private person uploads some photos to their account with confidence that only their friends will see them. True. But if the public person tags one of the private persons photos it will pop up on both persons wall. Bob tagged Bill in a photo. Now I the stranger can see this photo (that was supposed to be private) because it has appeared on a public persons profile. If I click on it the larger version will appear and down the botton it will say something like, from the album 'Party Shots' by 'Bill Smith'. If I click on the persons name all I will see is a little pop up box with the a photo and options to add, message or view friends. Because they've set their privacy so I, a stranger can't view their profile. However, if I click on the album title, the whole album shows up, from a person who's account is private. Let's be careful out there...
electricxbaby electricxbaby 8 years
whenever I upload pictures to facebook I tried to tag everyone in the picture if they're on facebook. I basically do that so that the people tagged in the photos can see that new photos have been added of them.
DeeMarie DeeMarie 8 years
I don't think this is a "reminder" sort of thing. It's a conscious decision for most people whether or not they tag themselves. I do NOT. This started when facebook used to separate "tagged by you" or "tagged by others". The attitude at first was like KadBunny said, only people with egos tag themselves. This has since changed...but when you see 100 pictures someone tags of themselves and only 3 that others tag, it almost says something about their character.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
I neverrrrr tag myself. I put the pictures up for my friends to see, not my friend's friends. And my friends know who I am so i dont see the point in tagging myself. AND I tag other ppl so that they can see the pictures i put up of them... i dont need to remind myself that i put pictures up of myself lol. Only my friends can see my profile so only my friends need to know what I look like. Sorry geek, i cannnnnot do it! wont happen!! It always bugs me when ppl tag themselves!
Tech Tech 8 years
But KadBunny, those pictures will show up in the profiles of those you've tagged, and then you'll be "invisible" when people view them from those other profiles.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I never ever tag myself.. just other people. If someone's looking at my pictures in my profile I should assume they know who I am.. :p plus i feel kinda conceited. I let other people do it.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Haha I get Annoyed when people don't tag their photos. It's there, use it! It is kind of frustrating that tagging sometimes freezes or takes a while to load though!
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