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An End To Embarrassing Facebook Tagging

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My dear friend Kari was at the lake with us this past weekend and took a picture of me…a very unflattering picture.  Let’s just say, I had been drinking beer, it was a bad angle, I had on a bikini, and I was slumped over.  Not a good shot of the gut.   She tagged me on Facebook.  I promptly wrote to her that I would kick her cute little butt if she didn’t remove it ASAP, which she did.

I think there has always been an unwritten rule that you don’t post bad pictures of friends on Facebook.  Now, it’s written!

You now have the power to end the unhappy surprise of logging onto Facebook and seeing that you’ve been tagged in an embarrassing or unflattering photo.

As it stands now, friends can tag you in a photo without your consent or knowledge, and even though you can remove it, that could happen after lots of other people have already seen a photo of you you’d rather they hadn’t.

However, Facebook announced yesterday that users will now be able to require pre-approval for them to be tagged in photos, as well as for written posts that others tag them in.

Users will also have the option of pre-approving what others tag on their own photos and posts.

Facebook said that the change was made in response to requests from users, with pre-approving photo tags being the most requested. The changes start going into effect Thursday.

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