Facebook is testing tags for user profiles

On Facebook they are working on a new feature that would allow members of the social network to add tags to their user profiles, something that LinkedIn users will be familiar with.

We can put labels related to the professional category of our contacts, or about their personality … on any subject, tags that will be visible by other people and that will help to know the profiles thanks to the classification made by their own contacts.

The objective that they pursue in Facebook with this new feature is to highlight the things that describe or interest each of the users. As we have been able to read in the source, profile tags can be added both by yourself and by our friends. In that case, you will receive a notification and decide for yourself whether to accept the label or not. If it does, it will be visible to all users, while if you reject it it will disappear. It is important to note that users can write the words or phrases they want on the labels, and can even add emojis. Also, as soon as we have several tags, our friends will be able to like each one of them. It should be noted that this affects the way they will be displayed, since they will appear in descending order according to the number of likes received.

In a network like Linkedin it makes a lot of sense, since it is the tags that help to find one type or another of professional, on Facebook it can be somewhat dangerous, since the user can lose control over the received tags (they may not know how configure the moderation system).

They report it in TheVerge, where they make it clear that it is only a test and that at all times the end user can approve or reject the labels they receive.

Facebook is currently testing profile tags in New Zealand. We will remain vigilant in case this new function is extended to new countries.

useful ?, dangerous?… if they manage to make clear the ways to approve and reject labels, it does not seem that it will generate many problems. Surely many will gladly accept the function, since it allows to know how it is seen by their contacts in a few words.