Facebook Tagging vs. @Linking

There's a difference between using the 'tag' button to link names at the bottom of an uploaded Facebook photo, and creating a link directly in the photo's caption. It's all about that @.

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Take, for example, this image on my public Facbook page. You'll notice that several of the words in the caption are active links, displayed in blue:

Using the 'tag' button on a Facebook caption creates a tag cloud full of names that appears at the end of a caption in a jumble. However, making certain words into links directly in the caption works differently. You will not be using the 'tag' button for this quick process.


Linking To Someone on Your Personal Facebook Page


First, you must log into your Facebook account. Once logged in, make sure you know
the names of the pages you’d like to make into a ‘link’ in your status or caption. It may help if you use the Facebook ‘search’ feature in order to find these specific pages or profiles before you start to type the caption.

For example, link to the Meeting In The Media Facebook: www.facebook.com/Meetinginthemedia

When you're writing a post or caption, you'll type something like this:

I just found a great article on Meeting In The Media!

However, in order to make our name into an active, clickable link, you must add an ‘@’ symbol before our name. Your caption will instead look like this:

I just found a great article on @Meeting In The Media!

As you progressively type the phrase 'Meeting In The Media,' you will see a little drop-down list appear beneath your text. This drop-down menu will display various pages that the site thinks you want to link to based on the letters you've typed so far:

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Continue typing the word or phrase until you see the page you'd like to link to. In this case, continue typing 'Meeting In The Media' until you see our Facebook page appear in the drop-down list. Then, use your cursor to select that option in the menu.

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The drop-down list will disappear, and the word 'Meeting In The Media' will be a link to our Facebook page!


Linking To Someone on Your Public Facebook Page


First, you must access your public fan page, such as our Meeting In The Media fan page. When you're using Facebook as this page, you must then ‘search’ for the Facebook pages you want to link to.

For example, link to the Meeting In The Media Facebook: www.facebook.com/Meetinginthemedia

Once you've found those pages, click the 'like' button, and proceed to your own page to create that custom caption or status you intended. Now you will be able to link to OUR public page in a post you make on YOUR public page! This is a great business tactic to use in order to start cross-promotion and show interest in other people or pages.

When you are writing a post or caption, you will type something like this:

I just found a great article on Meeting In The Media!

However, in order to make our name into an active, clickable link, you must add an ‘@’ symbol before our name. Your caption will instead look like this:

I just found a great article on @Meeting In The Media!

As you progressively type 'Meeting In The Media,' you will see a little drop-down list appear beneath your text. This drop-down menu will display various pages that the site thinks you want to link to based on the letters you've typed so far.

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Continue typing the word or phrase until you see the page you'd like to link to. In this case, continue typing 'Meeting In The Media' until you see our Facebook page appear in the drop-down list. Then, use your cursor to select that option in the menu.

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The drop-down list will disappear, and the word 'Meeting In The Media' will be a link to our Facebook page!


Troubleshooting


1. Sometimes when you create a link, there's a doubled word that lingers outside of the link you just created, and your caption might read something like 'Meeting Meeting In The Media.'

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Simply take your mouse, highlight the extra word that lies outside of the link you just created, and delete that word. Done!

2. Sometimes you can type an entire phrase, and you still won't see the page you want to link to appear in the drop-down list.

What may help is if you first go to the page you wish to link to, and click the 'like' button. Then, return to your own page, and recreate that status or caption. There's a better chance that the page you'd like to link to will appear in the dop-down list this time.

You can also look at the custom URL of the page you'd like to link to, and type the custom URL code into your caption in place of the page's name. Sometimes, the page's name is very different from the custom URL; multiple people can have the same page name, just like multiple people can be named 'John Smith,' but URL codes are unique and only one page can exist with a specific code. In our case, we used the custom URL /meetinginthemedia:

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For instance, if you're having trouble finding our page in the drop-down list when you type '@Meeting In The Media,' try typing our custom URL code '@meetinginthemedia.' This is a more direct way to find a page, especially if the page has a generic name that many other public pages also use.

Even though you're using the page's URL code to create the link in your post, once you click the link in the drop-down menu, the text will correct itself and display the page's name.

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3. Sometimes you might have the same word or phrase listed in multiple parts of your caption or post, and you want to make this phrase an active link each time.

Unfortunately, you can't link to the same page twice in one post using the '@' method. You can't write '@Meeting In The Media' in one sentence, '@Meeting In The Media' in another sentence in the same post, and have both turn into active links - it's one or the other, make a wise choice!

However, you can manually copy and paste the whole URL of the page you'd like to link to a second time, and this will automatically create an active link each time. Simply type something like 'www.meetinginthemedia.com' and these words will become an active link automatically.

We hope this tutorial helped you and, perhaps, your business, too!

www.MeetingInTheMedia.com