How to Tag People Who Aren’t Your Friends on Facebook

Facebook’s tagging feature has come a long way. First, it was invented — then, you could reduce the tag to your friend’s first or last name only. Earlier this year Facebook users were enabled to tag pages, effectively allowing users to mention a celebrity or brand without posting on the page’s wall. Now, Facebook users who have enabled subscriptions on their profile can tag people who aren’t their friends on Facebook in the comments of a public post.

How to Tag People Who Aren't Your Friends on FacebookLet me be clear — you can tag people who aren’t your friends on Facebook in the comments of a public post — not in the post itself. For now, users can only still tag friends and pages in the original content of a post on Facebook. However, now Facebook users can tag other Facebook users who have commented on a public post, even if the other user is not your friend on Facebook. This will, of course, trigger a notification that you have responded to their comment.

Unfortunately, Facebook users can’t tag any Facebook user in the comments, let alone at all in the original post. For now, Facebook users who have enabled subscriptions can only tag a user in a comment thread who has already commented on the same post. This will undoubtedly make it easier to direct replies to the appropriate person and ensure the other Facebook user knows you responded specifically to them, rather than just added a potentially unrelated comment.

This also means that the evolution of tagging on Facebook is not done. How soon until we can tag anyone and everyone on Facebook, such as is capable with Google+? And while the 25 million Google+ users love this feature, will all 800 million Facebook users?

Do these changes have any effect on who you’ll tag in the future? Let us know what you think of this new Facebook feature in the comments.

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Kelly Clay, author of Blog Without Boundaries, is a freelance writer and lifestyle advisor.

  • Jerry

    Sheeple that belong to facebook and twitter etc really must be lonely. Just like sheep. Must really not have friends, real friends, nobody likes them so they settle for make believe friends.

    • Christina Trapolino

      Sheep aren’t lonely! ¬†Wolves are lonely!

    • Nick

      which is why you post, on a site…. about people without friends? who must be the person without friends? i believe that is you, dumbass.

  • Ian

    Yet again, taking another feature in Google+…. I’m noticing a pattern here.

  • Christina Trapolino

    Sheep aren’t lonely! ¬†Wolves are lonely!

  • Babar Suhail

    I still don’t know to tag someone in a comment who isn’t my friend.

    • Mallory

      haha, I know right

  • Drew

    This is among the most confusing blog posts I’ve ever read. The second paragraph says I can tag. The third says I can’t. Huh?

    • Guest

      The second paragraph says you can tag non-friends who commented on the same post you are commenting on. The third paragraph says the same thing: you cannot tag just anyone who is a non-friend. I’ll admit it was confusing for the lazy reader, but if you took the time to actually read it it was very clear.

    • Cody LaBarber

      No, the second paragraph says you can tag
      as long as the person is your friend or a non-friend who commented on the post.
      The third does not contradict that. It simply reiterates that you cannot tag
      anyone you want to because there are conditions a person must meet to be tagged
      (these conditions are stated in the second paragraph). I will admit that this
      article was confusing for the lazy reader.

      • guest2

        It still doesn’t say how to tag someone who DID comment on the post? Nothing to do with lazy readers, it’s a valid question..

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  • jodie

    that didnt help in the slightest ffs

  • Jakeel Muller Patnode

    i want learn how to tag someone who isn’t my friend.

  • VB

    Yes you can tag people who are not your friends. Go to the album – click on Tag – write the name of the person and the drop down gives you options – select the right one. Then tag the different pictures in which the person appears.

    • John A Fazio

      what if the drop down does not have the persons name? I know they have a facebook, I’ve seen the page.