Tagging has become one of the most essential and popular “to do’s” in the Web 2.0 environment. It’s almost impossible to use Twitter without tagging your followers or other Twitter users. Tagging also helps you increase your followers on Twitter and helps your tweets go viral. By using hastags effectively on Twitter you can to share your thoughts with your Twitter followers.
Tagging is also one of the most popular features on Facebook that gives you the ability to identify and reference friends in photos, videos and notes. Today Facebook introduced tagging in the status update feature. You can tag your friends and other Facebook profiles in your status update.
Now your Facebook status would look like a Twitter status update.
“Coffee with @ZK @Starbucks”
“Just Tweeted a Web Marketing post by @WebTrafficROI”
This is a great way to let your social network know what you are doing and talking about.
Facebook status tagging works in a similar way like the Twitter tagging ( Facebook recently announced a direct integration with Twitter ) when you write a status update on Facebook and want to add a friend’s name to something you are posting, just include the “@” symbol.
As you type the name of what you would like to reference, a drop down menu will appear that allows you to choose from your list of friends and other connections, including groups, events, applications and pages. You will soon be able to tag friends from applications and pages. The “@” symbol will not appear in your published status or post after you’ve added your tags.
Friends and references you tag in your Facebook status will be sent a notification and a wall post linking them to your post. Your friends have an option to remove tags from your post. Facebook hopes that you can share your thoughts with your network in a more meaningful and engaging manner.