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My Dad Learns How to Tag Photos in Facebook, Shows No Discretion

My Dad Learns How to Tag Photos, Shows No Discretion

While he may have suffered from an initial technological learning curve, my dad has developed a remarkable aptitude for Facebook. A few months ago I helped him set up his own profile, mainly to connect with old high school and college friends, but also to easily share family photos. Well, Dad has now taken "sharing" into "overshare" territory after learning how to tag Facebook photos.

I'm not anti-tag, though I do support using the feature judiciously. My rule of thumb: if you don't think it's a flattering photo, chances are the person you're tagging won't think it's flattering either. I've even started leaving photos mostly untagged, allowing friends to tag themselves. I also like a friend's approach: asking if it's OK to add a tag to a photo.

My father practices no such restraint. Yesterday, I woke up to a flurry of Facebook emails stating I'd been tagged by Dad in some photos taken over the holiday. Some? Try 20, and about two of them were close to being flattering photos. Perhaps it's a little vain of me, but seriously Dad? Can you at least try to uphold my online rep? Untag this photo!

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aniline aniline 7 years
The headline made me laugh too. heh. I just set my Facebook settings so certain groups of people can't see photos I'm tagged in. If the picture is completely horrible I cringe and maybe ask them to filter it to friends only. If I really like the photo, I take the pic (with permission, of course) and post it into a different album with less security settings so that lots more people can see it. If it's mediocre, you can't tell it's me at all, etc I do nothing. (This is most common.) I've gotten a lot more relaxed about what photos of me are online since tagging became a thing. heh.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
Hahahahaha just the HEADLINE of this post had me cracking up.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
I can't believe someone would be offended by untagging--that is ridiculous!! I do however get super annoyed when I get messages and emails asking me to take pictures (or captions) down that are harmless. It mainly just irritates me when the people are hypocrites and will post whatever they want of others, but if it involves them they police others activities. My philosophy is that before I start telling others what to do and what not to do--for instance if there is a picture of me out drinking I want down because I'm working now, then I will GET OFF FACEBOOK! I have never asked someone to take a picture down, no matter how BAD! Welcome to the real world--deactivate your account and move on. After law school I deactivated mine for months due to looking for a job and many annoying people! I'm on now, but last week after everyone was putting their bra color in their status I felt compelled to deactivate again (I'm sure this was not a good way to garner breast cancer awareness!)
tsp tsp 7 years
i always cringe when i get that notification about being tagged in a photo. i do realize that i am quite particular about pictures of myself, but i totally agree that people need to think about it a little more! last year i had a friend upload and tag me in two pics from a party that were probably 15 years old. compared to some things i've seen my younger friends post, they were really tame...but i sort of prefer to keep college drinking pics private...not published to my current friends and peers. i untagged them and she was VERY offended. i always tell my friends to feel free to un-tag themselves in pics i post and that if they really don't like something to let me know, as i'm always happy to take it down.
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