Friend tagging comes to Facebook

Most blatant attempt to be like @Twitter yet

The makers of Facebook have made another tweak to the site, bringing it closer to Twitter than ever before.

Facebook has already gone through a stream-lining process and added live news updates, but now you can tag friends into your updates – letting them know when you name-check them.


"One of the most popular features on Facebook is tagging, which gives you the ability to identify and reference people in photos, videos and notes," says Software Engineer Tom on the Facebook blog.

"Today, we are adding a new way to tag people and other things you're connected to on Facebook – in status updates and other posts from the Publisher. It's another way to let people know who and what you're talking about."

How do you tag your friends? With an @ sign of course – something that will be oh-so familiar to Twitter users.

There is a difference, however, the @ sign will not be visible in your status, as 'Tom' explains: "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.

"Soon, you'll be able to tag friends from applications as well. The '@' symbol will not be displayed in the published status update or post after you've added your tags."


Content Team Lead

Marc (Twitter, Google+) is the content team lead for Future Technology, where he is in charge of a 14-strong team of journalists who write many of the wonderful stories that end up on TechRadar, and T3 magazine. Prior to this he was deputy editor of TechRadar, had a 10-month stint editing a weekly iPad magazine, written film reviews for a whole host of publications and has been an integral part of many magazines that are no longer with us.