• Trevor B Reed

    I am torn about this. This has the potential to make you look like a spammer. There is a fine line that is begging to be crossed. I would suggest only tagging businesses and locations when they are completely relevant. Also, most of the time you should use tags when promoting other people’s events. Creating goodwill is essential for this to work.

  • http://silvery.com Chris Silver Smith

    Trevor, I think you’re entirely right.

    The tactic itself is like so many other strategies — it’s in of itself a neutral method, and it’s either good/copacetic or evil/predatory, depending upon the execution.

    The tactic has more of a potential for being an irritant for businesses or people, if you mention them and tag them. For instance, an electronics brandname would likely be happy for a business to tag a status update stating that the newest products by them will be in your store next week. Whereas, statements that your product are superior to a competitor’s would be pretty pushy, if you try to get that to appear on their main page.

    For non-commercial community pages such as Facebook Wikipedia article pages about cities or neighborhoods, I doubt anyone is going to get bent out of shape.

    As with much science and magic — it’s neither black nor white in of itself, but dependent upon how it’s used.

  • http://www.sepconet.com LizKarschner

    I think this is a great way to promote your page; however, like Chris and Trevor said, there is a fine line to walk to not become an irritant to others in the social community. Making sure the tags are specific to your industry would be the best form of getting your name out there while not overdoing it. Thanks for the information. I didn’t even really know this existed.