Tag people and pages in your facebook status

Tagging people and pages on Facebook is a very powerful marketing technique. Today I will show you exactly how you should do it, and I will tell you why.

I believe that the best posts I write are the posts where I write about marketing tips that I have just discovered. In this case, this should be one of the best posts, because I discovered how to do this yesterday.

I have seen that people have been tagging photos for a long time, then a few weeks ago I started to see that people were tagging their friends in their status updates as well.

I didn’t think much about it at first, but then, actually yesterday, a co-worker told me that I should tag a person in the status update, because then the status update will also be added to that person’s wall.

Why you should tag people and pages in your status updates

The reason you should is that the people you tag will get a notification, and your status message will be posted on their wall. Not only will the person you tag see it, but all the people who will visit her wall will also see it.

To me, this is a lot like Twitter and what happens when we add @username to our tweets. When we do, our tweet will end up not only in our own timeline, but the other person will also see it, because it’s directed at her.

When you tag a page, your status message will also appear on the wall of the page. This means that all the people who visits the page will be able to see your status message.

In other words, it’s a fairly powerful way to give attention to your status message.

You can only tag your friends and pages you like

You can’t tag just anyone on Facebook, you need to be a friend of the person you are tagging.

And, you can’t tag any page either, you need to like the page before you tag it.

This probably reduces spam. Because, tagging can be used as spam, but at least you need to be friends first or like the page (and I think the administrator can remove people who are liking their page, if they started to spam).

How to tag people on Facebook

It’s easier than you might think, and it’s actually identical to sending a tweet to a person. All you do is add @name-of-your-friend in your status along with your text. That’s it.

When you add the @ symbol and you add the first letter of your friend, you’ll see a list of your friends. Just add more letters in order to find your friend on the list.

tag friends facebook status

Click on the person you want to tag. When you have tagged one of your friends, their name will be blue in your status message.

How to tag pages on Facebook

When you tag a page in your status message, you do the same as you are tagging a person. Just add the @ sign and the name of the page, for instance @bloggingbookshelf – the facebook page of the awesome blog by Tristan Highbee.


Make all tags relevant

I believe that you should always have a rule that all your tags, both people and pages, should be relevant. Don’t just add a tag in order to get attention.

No spam please :)


  1. Kai Henning says

    Mr Berget, thanks for the @name tip in your article. New to me and surely news for a lot of readers. Enjoy your day in Halden, Norway!

  2. Chuck Bartok says

    Sorry, Jens. I DID Not Tag you mentioning your Blog.
    I realized we had not hooked up on Facebook and it did not work last time I mentioned your blog.

  3. says

    Great information, Jens.
    The tagging should always be used judiciously as you mentioned.
    We discussed more Facebook tips on our weekly Business Development Talk Show this evening.
    it was the 162th episode.
    If you, or any of your readers, would like to download and listen to any or all of the episodes,
    Here is the Link.
    Beginners Marketing Class Talk Show
    By the way I have used your name “tagged” when mentioning your Blog on Facebook

  4. says

    Thanks for posting this Jens — it’s certainly simple enough.

    I’ve actually been wondering how folks were tagging me and meant to look into it. This was right on time.

    Thank you : )

      • Pam Vawter says

        Thanks for telling me how to tag people, but I have a question..
        Why is it that when I tagged someone, the status update is only showing up on my “home” page, not my “profile” page? (I went under preview my profile under a couple of different names, the name of my friend who I “tagged” in my status update, the status update showed up, but when I “previewed profile” under a different friend’s name, the status is gone.

      • KRIS says


      • Asif Raza says

        But sir….would you like to tell me that how can i tag my personal profile on FB page’s status ?

  5. Brankica U says

    I loved tagging when they first allowed it for people. It was easy to make my friends see some of the videos I post without posting them on everyone’s wall.

    With the pages I am really careful when I tag them because not only I don’t want to be marked as spammer but I want to make it worth for everyone to see why is a page tagged. This is probably one of the rare features I like about the new FB.

  6. says

    Tags are good to make people notice you in case you share something from them. They will thank you and you will fall into their radar. Without overdoing it of course.

  7. says

    Thanks for heads up and I have been doing it from long..Specially from my Fb fan page..I upload all the images which I took at Bloggers meet, tagged almost all the people who are in the pic and in my friend list.. This also brought increased fans, more engagement and most important brand awareness…

  8. joejoe says

    Jen i love this… this also is another wonderful piece.. Keep up with the great tips.. Guess i have myself a great one to mentor me through.. Hope Reading more impressive ones soon.. Big ups

  9. Sunny Dee says

    Thanks for the good information. I rememeber when they first came out with this and I never really followed through on trying it but now I am definitely going to take it on!

    • says


      That’s exactly what happened to me. I read about it, and never thought about testing it. Then, I forgot about it for a while :)

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  10. Amelia says

    I am doing something wrong and hope someone can help. I am just starting to use this page. I wanted to tag person in a status… I was signed in as my fan page not my personal page…www.facebook.com/ameliaharpist when I typed the @ it only gave me the option of tagging the fan page itself… or one of the other pages I have liked… no people. The person I tried to tag is a fan of the page and has posted on the wall. Does anyone have a clue what I’m doing wrong? Other suggestions? I’m new to all of this. Thanks for a great blog!

    • says

      I believe that only people can tag other people. So, if you are updating your status from your own profile, you can tag all your friends. But, if you are updating your status as a page, you can only tag pages and events.

      I am not sure if I am right, but that’s how it seems to be.

  11. Amelia says

    hmmm… so how do I use tagging to promote my page? If I tag people just with my personal profile that does not direct them to my page… feeling confused. :(

    • says

      I would start liking other pages in your niche, and then tag the pages in your updates. When you do, your status update will be visible on their wall… and if you do this on popular pages, you can get a lot of traffic this wa (but remember, your message should always be related to the page you tag) :)

  12. Michele says

    I’ve found that people ARE tagging our page, but their comments are not necessarily showing up in our pages news feed. Is there a way, as a page, to be able to see (and possibly like or comment on) the status updates and comments etc. that we’ve been tagged in?

    • Michael says

      I’m actually having the same problem here. I thought that Pages should be able to see how and where others have tagged them, but it doesn’t seem to show up anywhere. Anyone has a solution to this?

      • says

        Hi Michael,

        I’m not sure either. But I did a test just now, and it seems that I’m able to tag people when I’m using my personal profile, but not when I’m using the page.

        – Jens

        • Michael says

          Hi Jens, thanks for replying.

          Actually we’re meaning the other way around – OTHER people tagged our Page, however we can’t see who tagged us, and can’t see the tagged post as well.

        • says

          Ok, I understand. That’s weird though, because one of my Pages have been tagged and I could see “everything”.

          But how do you know that you’ve been tagged if you can’t see the post? Maybe they deleted the post? or the tag?

          Or, what about the settings on your wall? Does it show all posts, both yours and other people’s posts?

        • Matt Schenk says

          I’m having the same problem here. I tagged my company’s page on my personal account in a status update, but the post does not show up on our page. Is there a setting to change this? Is it affected if you tag more than one item in a post? Do you need to tag yourself in the post? Does it matter if it has a link? My post had a tag to two of our company’s pages, and a link to our website. Wondering if any of those factors affect anything.

        • Sarah says

          The person @ tagging your page has to set the post privacy settings to public, or only their friends (or friends of friends, depending on their settings) will be able to see the post.

          Here is a tutorial I made when @ tagging for a website I run.

          airshowrides .com/win/

          I am having so many problems with @ tagging right now as a page… apparently now you have to have your settings set to “always post as page” in order for it to work, and I got it to work in order to tag one page, but can’t seem to get it to work for a second time for another page… very frustrating.

        • Mel says

          I am having the same problem with my business page. I have now spent hours on trying to work out how to fix this.

  13. says

    Thanks, Jens, this was very helpful. I have been tagged in someone’s Facebook status but didn’t know how it was done.

  14. Raghav says

    Hello Jens, thanks for this awesome post. I was also wondering if there is a way I can tag keywords (similar to tagging keywords using wordpress on a blog)? This will help me increase ranking for my FB page (SEO perspective). Please let me know?

    • says

      I am not sure when it comes to tagging keywords, other than to use Keywords when you write your facebook status, and profile etc.. that’s very important for Facebook SEO. But, it’s not like tagging though, you just add the keywords as part of your content.

  15. Belinda says

    Okay, so I have been reading all sorts this evening to try and find an answer to my problem.

    I created a Facebook Page today for a friend of mine, but I am unable to tag it on my personal page, and others who have liked the page are also having the same problem.

    I have done what many have been suggesting by checking the box under the edit page, but still, in my personal profile I am unable to @mention (tag) the page I created.

    I have also noticed that it does not come up in a search when I enter the details. I have tried copying the address and pasting it in a different browser but just takes me back to my page.

    I don’t know what else to do, but if anyone has any answers I would greatly appreciate it.

    Other friends who have created pages from their page haven’t had this problem.

    Help!!! lol

    • says

      Hi Belinda,

      I am not sure what your problem is, but is your page public? Because if it is, then it shouldn’t be a problem to tag it. I think that you need to either like it or be the administrator in order to tag it.

      Let me know if you’re still having this problem, and I’ll do my best to help :)


      • Belinda says

        Thank you for getting back to me so soon.

        The page is public an it is gaining a lot of interest.

        I have liked it, and I am an admin for the page, just can’t tag it on my personal page. The other admin can’t either. As well as a few friends I have asked to like it and try to tag it also. But nothings happening.

        I can tag it when I have switch users and gone to the page. But when I switch back I can’t.

        I have emailed Facebook, but they probably won’t reply anytime soon.

        The page is ‘Bring the Wilson’s home’

        I still can’t find it in a search either.

        Thanks again.

  16. Cnfused says


    Can I tag other pages from my Facebook page account.? I have liked other pages but when i type @ it does not show those pages. In fact the only things that I seem to be able to tag is the app that I’ve used. How do I tag another page then.?

    • says


      When I use the @ in my status update I can tag all the pages I like, so I don’t understand why you can’t tag yours? I’ll do a search on Google to see if I can find the answer :)


      • Cnfused says

        Thank Jens.. that’ll be a great help.. hope you find some thing soon on this. :)

      • Sarah says


        I’m having the same problem as Cnfused. Did your Google search reveal anything?
        I haven’t been able to find anything that helps :-(

        • says

          Hi Sarah,

          I’m sorry, but I haven’t been able to find anything. I have no idea why it’s not working for you. I believe that we need to be friends or like the page, and when we add the @ before the letters we should be able to find it on the list.


  17. Visi says

    What do i do if I want to have a an external link as a part of my status..
    the a href code doesn’t work.
    Eg: Paolo maldini is the best footballer. What do i have to do to made Paolo Maldini a link and take people to his Wikipidea page when someone clicks on his name?

    thanks in advance

    • says

      When I add links as part of my status, I always use the link icon, and add is as a story behind my status update. This works great, as long as it has pictures (and wikipedia articles almost always does). So, in the status update I explain why I am linking to this specific site. I don’t think it’s possible to add html tags in the status update… so this is the best way and it works great :)


  18. Majella says

    anyone having problems with tagging – are you sure you have secured a real url for your page?

  19. jeremy d says

    Why is it when I tag another page it is not showing up on that page’s wall? I see other people tagging posts in their stautsues and them showing up on that EXACT SAME PAGE, but for some reason I am the lucky one who’s tagging won’t work! WTF? I have my privacy settings all set to “public” and everything. Such bullshit!

  20. Arun Panta says

    How can I tag the page while sending FB messages to my buddies.

    I can do this when accessing FB from my browser.

    But it fails when I attempt from my android app on mobile :-(

    I can tag friends only when writing on WALLS …

    Please advise if there is a workaround.


  21. Ricky Potts says

    I am having some issues here tagging businesses. Been going on for about a week. I am unable to tag businesses… ones that I already “like”. Jason Aldean is an example. What is happening here? I am racking my brain to figure it out, and it’s driving me nuts. SOS if you have any idea.

  22. Renaye says

    This never works for me. It never givese a list when I start typing @name
    It drives me crazy and makes me look like I don’t know how to do it. Help!

    • Christina A. says

      Hi Renaye. I’ve had the same problem and just found a solution: switch browser.. I couldn’t tag my friends in my timeline status when using explorer, then I tryed google chrome and it worked as easy as everyone sais it should. Maybe it’ll work for you too.

  23. Lisa says

    How can i tag like that from my iphone into my fanpage and not from my personal account? How can i check in into a place from my phone to my fan page not to my personal acciunt? Thanks

  24. says

    I do agree with this post. This is one of the most effective marketing techniques. This is one way of getting more visitors to your website.

  25. says

    What a smart, shrewd technique, Jens! That is a brilliant way to ‘get the attention’ of specific, influencial people on social media. This can lend credability to your updates whilst also raising the chances of getting said people involved in your discussion! Thanks for the tip.

  26. Michele says

    Does anyone else find that tagging pages no longer works? I’m reading elsewhere on the internet that others began having trouble in late May of 2012. I’m among those whose tags no longer appear visible on other people’s pages. Are there workarounds for this? It’s a shame to lose access to such a powerful feature of the platform.

    • says

      If I use Facebook as a page, I am able to tag other pages, but not people. But, if I am using Facebook as my personal profile, I’m able to tag all the pages I like, and all my friends too.

  27. says

    Since Facebook has become the top social network, using them to market has become very popular. I never thought of tagging a Page, just knew about tagging people. Great find Jens, this could be very beneficial to the page that is being tagged, as it is another social signal that G will see and we know that it will be imperative pretty soon to have a lot of these signals to stay on top.

  28. Neha Dobriyal says

    Yes Jens Agree!!!! with u, it feel annoying when facebook random frnds tag anyone unnecessarily :/