Posted by: Nasreen on May 17, 2011
A new exciting feature that we’ve all been waiting for is finally on Facebook and will start to function from Wednesday. Photo tagging for pages now allows users to have the ability to tag Pages in their photos on Facebook. It seems as though Facebook is hoping to enrich the user experience by enhancing the capabilities of the Facebook platform.
For instance if you take a picture with your favourite artist or band, you can post up the pictures on Facebook, and tag them, and it will take the viewers to their page.
The feature lets users tag Pages for “Brands & Products” or “People,” though it’s planning to expand the option to other kinds of Pages soon.
To make it more user-friendly, tagging Pages is not limited to those who have "Liked" the page. Tagged photos will show up on the “Photos” tab of a Page site, not on the wall and users don’t have to be fans of a particular Page to add a tag.
This is the case with Photo tagging of people, page admins can choose to disable tagged photos from appearing on their Photos tab by unchecking the "Users can add photos" box under the Edit Page section.
What was once merely a discussion on facebook, has become a reality in which users commented on "Tagging photos on Facebook Pages"
One comment says, "I am admin for a non-profit and we'd love to have our folks tag each other in photos to help spread the word virally." To which another user wrote, "I agree . . . is there any Facebook manager reading this discussion board?"
This move could definitely be beneficial to certain brands and products, for example if people started tagging themselves wearing, say, Nike clothing. All of those pictures would then go to the Nike’s Facebook Page and result in free advertising.
When addressing privacy concerns, Facebook has said that photo privacy settings will not change if you tag a public entity in your pictures:
If a photo post is published to “everyone,” then it can appear publicly on the Photos tab of the Page and the Page admins can see it. If it’s just published for someone’s friends, only their friends will be able to see that photo. Page Admins can always choose to disable tagged photos from appearing on the Photos tab by going into Edit Page > Posting Options > and unchecking “Users can add photos”.
So how do you tag a Page? Visit the Facebook “ Photo tagging for pages" link to find out.