Minimize the damage created by your moronic friends who tag you on Facebook


A lot of my friends from high school, and even earlier, have found me on Facebook.  It’s a great way to see what each other has been up to and possibly even begin a new friendship, as adults.  With the good, there is also the bad.  Some of these friends don’t understand (or maybe don’t care) about your privacy when doing something as simple as tagging you in a photo.  Yes, I’m talking about the photo they find of you from 10 years ago where you’re  in a hotel room after prom, beer-bonging a bottle of champagne.


Sure, the two of you may laugh at it, but will your straitlaced boss or your fragile Grandma be laughing?  Unless you have a boss like mine, I’m sure they wouldn’t.  Once you are tagged in a photo, everyone who is your friend, and the friend of your jerk-friend that tagged you, will see the photo.  You didn’t put the photo up, but it’s still being blasted out to all of your Facebook friends simply because you were tagged.

As of now, there isn’t a way to approve all photos where you are tagged before they are posted.  I don’t know why – it seems like a very easy fix.  There is a lengthy discussion page on the matter here.  Why not just have an option to opt-out of allowing people to tag you in photos?  Why can someone post an image of a cheeseburger, and tag me as said cheeseburger?  As a vegetarian, I find that offensive and gross.

In the meantime, there is a way to get the tags removed quickly with a few changes in your settings.  To see how, watch the screencast below (best viewed in HD in full screen):

4 Responses to “Minimize the damage created by your moronic friends who tag you on Facebook”

  1. 1 T3CK

    Thank you posting this work around! 🙂

  2. 2 BHH Lifeguard

    Great advice for getting rid of a tagged photo. Another thing that helps is going into Profile Privacy settings to the section called “Photos Tagged of You” and customizing the options to let only certain friends see tagged photos or only you to be extra safe. Great Blog!

  3. Lifeguard – Awesome advice. I didn’t think of changing that setting. Thanks!

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