How to Approve Tags on Facebook: An In-Depth Guide for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, your personal brand and content are vital – especially on social media. Facebook tags allow friends to connect with you, but also affect your profile and privacy. In my experience consulting small business owners on social media, gaining control over Facebook tags is crucial.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll provide tips to carefully curate tags based on my expertise. Whether you‘re protecting your professional image or avoiding unwanted attention, this will help safeguard your online presence.

Why Tag Approval Matters

Facebook tags can improve engagement, but also expose your brand and content to unintended audiences.

  • Privacy: According to Facebook, tags make posts visible to a wider audience. Controlling tags protects your info.
  • Online personality: Tags can impact how you‘re perceived professionally. Approving them prevents inappropriate associations.
  • Brand image: For entrepreneurs, profiles double as business pages. Tags shape how customers see your brand.

Approving tags gives you optimal say in how you‘re represented online.

How to Enable Tag Review

The first step is enabling Facebook‘s tag review setting:

  1. Click the down arrow at the top right and select "Settings & Privacy."
  2. Choose "Settings" then click "Privacy" in the left menu.
  3. Under "How Tags Work," toggle "Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?" to the "On" position.

Facebook Settings Menu

With tag review on, tags won‘t automatically appear on your profile. Instead, you‘ll get a notification to approve or ignore each tag.

Reviewing Tagging Requests

When people tag you on Facebook, it now creates a review request instead of instantly posting.

To evaluate pending requests:

  1. Click notification alerts when tagged in a post.
  2. Or go to your Activity Log via your profile menu and select "Tag Review."
  3. Review all outstanding tag requests.
  4. Click "Accept Tag" to approve or "Ignore Tag" to reject the request.

I suggest carefully checking each tag‘s content, privacy level and audience before approving. For entrepreneurs, declining tags unrelated to your brand is often best.

Removing Old Tags

What if you want to delete tags on past posts already public on your profile? You can still remove them:

  1. Go to your profile page and timeline.
  2. Click the date of the post you want to edit.
  3. Hover over the tag and click the "X" icon.
  4. Choose "Remove Tag from Post" to untag yourself.

The post and tag will be hidden from your profile since you‘re no longer tagged. As a tip, deleting irrelevant old tags helps curate your image.

Adjusting Facebook Tag Settings

Beyond approving tags, customize your overall tag preferences:

  1. Go to "Settings" then "Privacy."
  2. Under "How Tags Work," click "Edit" next to "Who can see posts you‘re tagged in on your profile?"
  3. Select who can view your tagged posts – Friends, Only Me, etc.

Limiting your tagged posts‘ audience minimizes unwanted attention. I often recommend entrepreneurs exclude "Friends of Friends" and "Public" for privacy.

Managing Notifications

By default, Facebook won‘t notify you of new tags if you enabled tag review. To stay updated:

  1. Go to "Settings" then "Notifications" on the left menu.
  2. Under the "On Facebook" section, turn on notifications for "Tags" or "All Notifications."

You‘ll now receive alerts when tagged in posts, photos, and comments. I encourage enabling this to monitor tags promptly.

Take Control of Your Online Presence

As an entrepreneur and business owner, monitoring your Facebook presence is key – including tagged content. With this guide, you can take charge of tags and cultivate the image you want.

Have any other questions on social media branding and online reputation management? As a consultant, I‘m happy to offer personalized tips and best practices. Feel free to reach out!