Posted April 4, 2013 4:07 pm by with 8 comments

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookBuffer this page

LinkedIn is adding the ability to tag people in status updates and comments and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

It’s all pretty simple. When you type a name in either the update box or a comment box, the Connections feed opens and tries to match the name you typed with the people on your list. Choose the correct “James” , then finish your message.

LinkedIn Tagging

The tagging tool is all about starting a conversation. If you really want the other person to respond, though, you should go with something more creative than “check out this article!”

I’d like to sidebar here for a second and discuss how prevalent the phrase “check it out” has become in our language.  Ten years ago, we used this phrase only when discussing books you wanted to remove from the library. But you can also check out of a hotel and when you’re at the store, you can check out at the check out stand. (Does anyone call it check out stand anymore?) Now, we use it every time we want someone to look at a piece of content on the internet.

None of this has anything to do with LinkedIn’s new service, but it’s something I wonder about.

Back on task.

When someone tags you in their post, you get a notification that looks like this:

Linked in Tag notification

The hope is that you’ll want to respond in kind and voila – you’re involved in a two-way conversation.

It’s actually a very good idea. I’m much more likely to see and respond to a message aimed right at me. Just keep in mind that these are public statements. This isn’t how you privately message someone, so think before you type.

The only problem with this system is that the potential for misuse is huge. It’s meant as a way of sharing information that’s relevant to the person you’ve tagged. It’s not meant as a way of getting your spam message in front of more people. The one upside is that (it appears) you can only tag people you’re connected to. That should be enough to keep this thing from getting out of control.

I tried to test the system before writing this article, but once again, I’m last on the update list. I guess I need to be more active on LinkedIn if I want to be first in line to test the new bells and whistles.

What do you think of LinkedIn’s new tagging system? A great idea or a potential trouble spot?


  • favorable update. This is great for users and all

    trik sulap

  • iam not active in linkedin so i dont know

    Video Games Bluray Consoles and accessories

  • There can be a problem with this. As people who don’t update ..or abandon linkedin accounts could be privy to correspondence (IE former employers etc) – I received one of these messages today. The sender exposed information to a linkedin account (former employee) who’s email belongs to us! Also this could be abused for unsolicited spam email. These emails should only be available internally only…and not broadcast on general email.

  • Harry Stein

    The Linkedin is really a great tool. One of the best if not the best existing social link. Many existing features to facilitate users’ lives. Everything surprise positively. So it is widely used worldwide, increasingly.

  • why my comment are gone?

  • I understand what searchengineman is concerned about. I hope that LinkedIn will allow us to flag a tagged post as irrelevant, spam or just plain stupid.

    If so, then hopefully tagged posts will add value to the relationship building ability of LinkedIn.

  • It won’t help to be more active on LinkedIn, I post every day and I just got it last week. So…not sure what their method is. I do think this is interesting for brands, but also agree with you that it could definitely be abused. Great article!

  • I was tagged by someone today who I am not connected to. How do I turn this off?