How do I tag friends in a status update on Facebook?

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Simply preface a person's name with an @ sign when you type it in a status. For instance, if you want to tag your friend Joe Someone in your status, begin by typing @Joe. Facebook will automatically open a drop down where you can select his name.


Sometimes the specific target you want to reference is not among the handful of suggestions in the dropdown menu that pops up next to your @:

To reference any target on Facebook even when it is not listed in the suggestions dropdown after typing the @:

For users and groups which have a username defined and for pages, you can use the target’s name from the URL in the address bar to put behind the @:
Example: https://www.facebook.com/80000Hours/@80000Hours
For groups, keeping the prefix groups/ can help:
Example: https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/@group/effective.altrui
Note that I left out the s in groups/ and the ending …sts of effective.altruists. That’s because Facebook only matches up to 22 characters after the @. From the 23rd character on, the dropdown disappears. groups/ works as well as group/, but leaves one character less to specify the target’s name.

Users that you’re not connected to  can not be tagged by default, but they can enable it.
Example: @strohl89

Unfortunately, I don’t know yet what to do about users who don’t have a
username (username example: https://www.facebook.com/wdmacaskill)
(so they only have the numerical ID (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011278218122)).
I’d greatly appreciate a comment if someone knows!

  • Can you delete whichever one of these answers that you don't want to keep, please?
    – jonsca
    Mar 16, 2017 at 0:24
  • @jonsca, ✔ Oops, thanks for the heads-up! (Evidently I opened this question twice in parallel, thinking these were 2 different questions.) It’s done – feel free to delete both our comments. Mar 16, 2017 at 5:38
  • @jonsca, also thanks for the explanation in your rejection of my edit suggestion! :) I dropped a comment there instead, as you suggested. This comment here, is like the previous one meant for burning-after-reading. :) Mar 16, 2017 at 5:53
  • You shouldn't be pasting duplicate answers to different questions in any case. If you're doing that then the questions are very likely duplicates and one of them should be closed as such.
    – ale
    Mar 16, 2017 at 18:03
  • @ale, thanks, the {duplicates should be closed part} is a valid point and would obviously have been the case in my misinterpreted scenario, haha! (I wasn’t motivated to compare the ‘2’ questions, but I should have. Then I would have noticed, they are suspiciously similar … ;) ) Anyway, do you have a source for the rule that one shouldn’t paste duplicate answers? To me it seems to be reasonable to even duplicate a good answer before closing the respective question(s). … Mar 16, 2017 at 21:41

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