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How To Tag Someone On Facebook

Published March 24, 2024


Facebook has been around for what feels like forever. But if you’re new to the platform, you might be missing out on some great features – like tagging!

Tagging on Facebook is a simple way to connect with friends and pages.

When sharing a post, making a comment, or uploading a photo, tagging allows you to mention others, making your posts and interactions more engaging.

Our guide will explain how to tag someone on Facebook so that you can easily link friends and pages to your activities.

What Is Tagging on Facebook? How Does Tagging Work?

Tagging on Facebook is essentially linking someone’s profile within a post, comment, or photo (effectively creating a clickable connection to their timeline).

When you tag someone, it not only notifies them but can also make the post appear on their timeline, which in turn increases your content’s visibility.

For example, if you tag your friend Sam in a photo, anyone viewing the photo can click on Sam’s name to visit their timeline/profile.

Similarly, tagging someone in a status update lets your friends click through to the tagged person’s timeline, and the update might show up on their timeline as well.

The beauty of tagging is its ability to widen the audience of a post.

If you tag a friend and your post’s privacy is set to Friends (or more inclusive settings), your content can also be seen by the friends of the person you tagged.

Tags from people you aren’t friends with, however, may need your approval before they appear on your timeline.

This is because Facebook offers the option to review tags, giving you control over whether tagged content shows up on your timeline (allowing for your privacy and content preferences to be respected).

How Do I Tag Someone or a Page on a Facebook Post?

Tagging friends or Pages in your Facebook posts is pretty easy! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Begin your post: Start typing your status update or post content in the post box on your Facebook homepage or profile.
  2. Initiate the tag: When you want to tag someone, type their name starting with a capital letter.
    1. For Pages, start with the “@” symbol followed by the Page’s name.
  3. Select from the dropdown: Once you see the name or Page you wish to tag in the dropdown menu, click on it to select it. This action creates a direct link to their profile or Page within your post.
  4. Complete your post: After you’ve tagged the individuals or Pages, finish writing your post. You can tag multiple people or Pages by repeating steps 2 and 3 as needed.
  5. Post it: Once you’re satisfied with your content and the tags, hit the post button to share it with your friends, family, or followers.

In short:

Tag a person: Start a post > type name > select name > publish post.

Tag a page: Start a post > type “@” > type page name > select page name > publish post.

How to Tag Somebody in a Facebook Comment

Now that you know how to tag people or Pages in your Facebook posts, you might also find it useful to know how to tag someone in the comments section!

Why bother? Well, this can help draw their attention to specific conversations and make your interactions more dynamic.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find the post you want to comment on: Scroll through your Facebook feed or visit a friend’s profile to find the post you want to comment on.
  2. Start typing your comment: Click on the comment box under the post. As you prepare to mention someone in your comment, just start typing their name, beginning with a capital letter.
  3. Tag the person: As you type the name, a dropdown menu will appear with a list of profiles matching your input (just like before). From this list, click on the name of the person you wish to tag. If you’re tagging a Page, remember to start with the “@” symbol followed by the Page’s name and select it from the dropdown menu that appears.
  4. Complete your comment: After selecting the person or Page from the dropdown, their name will become a clickable link in your comment. You can continue typing your message or simply post the comment as is.
  5. Post your comment: Hit the enter key or click the post button to publish your comment with the tag included. The person or Page you tagged will receive a notification, alerting them to your comment and linking them directly to the post.
  6. Deleting a tag: If you ever need to remove a tag from your comment, you can do so by deleting the comment itself. Simply find your comment, click on the options next to it (often represented by three dots), and select the option to delete.

In short:

Tag someone in a comment: Write a comment > type name > select name > post comment.

Tag a page in a comment: Write a comment > type “@” > type page name > select page name > post comment.

Remove a tag from a comment: Delete the comment.

What Are the 9 Biggest Benefits of Tagging People on FB?

Okay, now that you know the ins and outs of tagging, why do it?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a simple Facebook user, a business, emerging brand, or influencer, tagging has these 9 benefits:

  1. Tagging individuals or Pages in posts and comments can increase engagement by prompting notifications and drawing attention to the content.
  2. When you tag someone, your post can become visible not only to your friends but also to the friends of the person tagged, potentially increasing the audience for your content.
  3. Tagging is an excellent way to give credit, recognize contributions, or collaborate with others on Facebook.
  4. It helps in connecting friends and followers to other profiles and Pages This matters because it can help grow a network of shared interests and interactions.
  5. By tagging friends in events, photos, or posts, you can keep them updated on activities, gatherings, or news they might find interesting.
  6. Tagging in comments can bring more people into a discussion, making conversations livelier and more diverse.
  7. Tagging someone in a post or photo can personalize your content, making it more meaningful to those mentioned.
  8. For events or group activities, tagging participants can help in organizing photos and posts related to the event, making it easier for everyone to find and share content.
  9. And the #1 reason to tag is because tagging Pages can increase visibility and traffic to those Pages. This is obviously especially beneficial for businesses, artists, public figures, you name it, looking to grow their audience on Facebook.


Why Can’t I Tag Someone on Facebook?

There could be several reasons why you’re unable to tag someone on Facebook.

It might be because:

  • You are not friends with them on the platform.
  • They’ve deactivated or deleted their account.
  • They’ve previously removed the tag or declined the tag request.
  • You’re blocked by the person.

How to Tag Someone in a Photo on Facebook After Posting?

For tagging a photo that’s already up on Facebook:

  1. Find the photo and click the tag icon on the top right corner.
  2. Click the person you want to tag and type their name into the text field.
  3. Click their profile when it pops up.
  4. Hit the ‘Done‘ button to complete the process.

How to Tag Someone on Facebook When Their Name Doesn’t Come Up?

If the person you’re trying to tag isn’t among your Facebook friends, you’ll need to type out their entire name.

If you still can’t find their name, it’s possible they have either blocked you or adjusted their privacy settings to avoid being tagged in photos (the second one is probably more likely).

Where Is the Tag Button on Facebook?

The “Tag” button on Facebook doesn’t appear as a standalone button like “Like” or “Share.” Instead, tagging is integrated through typing out a name/page on post.

What Does It Mean to Be Tagged on Facebook?

Being tagged on Facebook means your name is linked in a post, photo, or comment, making it clickable to your profile.

It notifies you and potentially shares the content with your friends or on your timeline, depending on your privacy settings.

How Do I Remove a Facebook Tag?

Do you remember the late 2010’s “I’m in this photo and I don’t like it” meme? Well, it comes from untagging yourself on Facebook!

If there’s a photo you’re tagged in that you do not want linked back to you, you have the option to take the tag off.

Remove a tag from a post:

  1. Head over to that post you want to untag from.
  2. Click on the options icon (3 dots in a row) in the top right corner.
  3. Select ‘Remove tag’ from the options.

To remove a tag from a photo, it’s a bit more complicated. You’ll follow the exact same steps, but this time, you’ll need to click “ok” to confirm. And yes, that’s it!

If you want to remove the photo completely, we recommend reaching out to the person who posted the photo and asking them to take it down.

How to Tag Someone on Facebook When Sharing a Post?

  1. To tag someone on Facebook when sharing a post, click the “Share” button under the post you wish to share.
  2. In the share window, start typing the name of the person you want to tag in the “Say something about this…” field, using the “@” symbol followed by their name.
  3. Select their profile from the dropdown list that appears.
  4. Once tagged, proceed to share the post as usual.

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Written By:
Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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