To Tag or Not: Etiquette for Facebook Photos

Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:39 PM

Smartphone cameras, Instagram and Hipstamatic: the ease of capturing digital photos is creating a nation of paparazzi-like photogs, snapping away every minute of the day. But while celebrities court cameras and the white-hot spotlight, not everyone appreciates being photographed, or tagged in images online.

To Tag or Not?

When is it okay to tag people on Facebook, or other photo sharing sites, and when should you hold back? Ask two different people and you're likely to get two different answers. Some people believe you should always ask for permission before you take or post photos. Ditto for tagging people. Others think posting photos (as long as they are flattering) is always fine. Still others have different rules for posting photos of young children then they do adults.

Since no hard-and-fast rules exist, use commonsense. Our past post, Photo Finish: What to Keep Off of Facebook,  helps spell out what images to avoid posting online.

To avoid further pitfalls, check out the advice in these useful resources: 

Finally, if you are concerned about what photos of you may be popping up on Facebook, check out our newest productivity tool: the Pendaflex Tag Tamer. This free, user-friendly app easily finds and removes unwanted photos. Never be embarrassed by a Facebook photo again.

How do you decide what photos to post and tag on Facebook? Has anyone ever tagged you in an embarrassing photo? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.


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