I seem to be putting the major news events on my Facebook as public posts these days, such as the passing of Kim Jong Il or the Murdoch Press phone-tapping scandal. Since Facebook introduced public sharing in August, I’m having a rethink about what each outlet means. What is this blog for? What is my Tumblr for?
The things that used to go on my Vox blog were the problems I had with websites, which I have a knack of either crashing, or ﬁnding major bugs that no one seems to have confronted.
Last month, I found that I could no longer tag myself in a particular photograph in Facebook and had to ask a friend to do it for me. She obliged, and that worked.
Today, that became harder still. It turns out that even if someone else tags you, the tag won’t “stick”.
I had been uploading some old photos after our new Microtek Scanmaker 5800 arrived. I realize that scanner buffs will tell me it’s not new, but let’s just say I’m the ﬁrst owner, and I wanted a unit that would plug into the existing LAN without any changes of software.
I put up a photograph. So far so good. I could tag myself. But the minute I added a friend’s name in the caption, or a date, or a location, my tag disappeared.
Facebook has had problems with tagging since the beginning. I still have photographs where Facebook has among the tags my name (unlinked), then my name again (linked). Some photos I had to tag twice before Facebook “remembered” who it was.
This time, even when a friend tagged me, the tag would not “stick”. I approved it each time, but it would vanish. A friend even saw it disappear from her ticker at exactly that moment. It would also disappear from my Facebook journal: there’d be an ‘Approve all’ button, but nothing below that to approve.
As usual, I have found out what is wrong. And Facebook doesn’t know, or doesn’t care. I’m pasting the solution, as I did when I discovered Facebook blocked me from selecting Limited Proﬁle two weeks ago, in case anyone else comes across this problem.
In this and the previous case, I have told Facebook. Here is what I wrote (italics added):
If you have your privacy settings thus:
Tag review: On
Facebook can check you in to places using the Mobile Places app: Off
any tags you make of yourself will disappear the minute you add a date or a location.
Any attempts to re-tag will not work.
The only way to then have the tag “stick” is to turn tag review off and have a friend tag you.
Then, you manually approve the tag (which is a bit odd, since turning the tag review off would imply that you wouldn’t need to review the tag), during which Facebook will ask if you want the Mobile Places check-in turned on. You answer in the afﬁrmative.
Then, and only then, can a dated, location-added photograph be tagged with your own name.
In other words, as I told a friend: ‘OK, here’s what you have to do: turn off your veriﬁcation in the privacy settings. Sign on as someone else. Tag yourself. Sign out. Sign back in as yourself. Say yes to Facebook asking if you want to turn mobile tagging on. Approve the tag. Go back into your privacy. Turn off mobile tagging. Turn on veriﬁcation. Do not add location, do not pass go.’
I’m not the only one this has happened to, and presently the above appears to be the only answer.
I’m not terribly sure when I became Facebook’s QC department. Mark, where’s my cheque?