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LinkedIn just updated their site to allow you to tag Linkedin posts and replies with contact names. Note that tagging doesn’t work in the same way that it works Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus – it’s more intuitive.

Here’s how to do it:

Pause to tag LinkedIn posts

To tag Facebook and Twitter posts, you use the ampersat symbol (“@”) before a user name, and for Google Plus posts you use the plus sign (“+”) before a user name. LinkedIn doesn’t follow this convention, however.

In order to tag LinkedIn posts with a name you simply start typing and LinkedIn presents you a list of options from your connections. If you’re trying to tag LinkedIn posts and your names aren’t appearing, I’ve discovered that it’s helpful to partially type a name and then pause.

Tag LinkedIn post

Who you can tag?

It appears that LinkedIn restricts who you can tag to your personal connections, similar to Facebook (Twitter and Google Plus allow you to tag pretty much anyone). For LinkedIn, this makes sense from both a business perspective (their monetization strategy is to sell access to people) and from a practical perspective (tagging without a preceding character would be pretty slow if it scoured all of LinkedIn for users).

All in all, the ability to tag LinkedIn posts is a neat ancillary function and one that may build more interaction in the network. It’s also worth noting that they have done a neat integration with Twitter, where the LinkedIn tag reverts to a Twitter name if you opt to share your LinkedIn update on Twitter as well.

What do you think? Will you tag LinkedIn posts? Will you post duplicate content on Twitter? What do you think of this strategy?

Graphic by LinkedIn, User:ZyMOS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

Writer and chief of miscellany at leaderswest.com
I aspire to give people something to think about rather than tell them what to do. My favorite Google Alert is "social media research," I am increasingly compelled by Gen Z, and I appreciate good writers agnostic of where they write. At one time I was Kred's 12th most influential social media blogger and Klout's most influential person on the topic of David Hasselhoff. Transplant from Seattle living in Cincinnati. Haven't entirely adopted the local sports teams yet.
Jim Dougherty
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Jim Dougherty

Hey thanks for this tip!

April 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

I was trying to figure this out and you did it for me. Thank you!

April 9, 2013, 9:52 AM

Great news; thank you for sharing! The guide is very helpful :)


April 9, 2013, 11:12 AM

Finally! Thanks Jim.

April 10, 2013, 8:06 AM

Thanks for reading and commenting, Anneliz!

April 10, 2013, 9:47 PM
Ken Danieli

Facebook doesn’t require you to type @ to tag someone. If you type a partial name with initial caps, it will find a list of names that match, just like LinkedIn.

May 27, 2013, 8:32 AM
Ken Danieli

Facebook does allow you to tag people you don’t know as well as pages and public figures. If you type @ and start typing a name, it will offer you lots of names of strangers to tag.

May 27, 2013, 8:35 AM

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