Facebook is going through changes faster than a pre-teen hitting puberty: first, they removed regional networks, then they streamlined the inbox and today they announced the addition of tagging to status updates and posts. Sounds like par for the course; Facebook was one of the first social networks to allow and even encourage tagging. But we’re used to tagging photos and media that clearly show the person we are tagging; status updates are usually quick thoughts, snippets of words and random musings. So how will tags function in this text based content?
With an @ sign, just like on Twitter. Well, with a little bit of a Facebook spin. The ‘book has always been handy with predictive search, and their new tagging system for status updates and posts will rely heavily on predictive typing.
Just Like Twitter…
When you want to tag someone in text, just like on Twitter, you begin with an @ symbol, then start typing their name. Facebook will take over and show you friends whose names match the letters you have typed, as it does in photo tagging or event invites.