- Did anyone send me a message?
- Did anyone request to be my friend?
- Did anyone interact with my profile or posts (i.e. Do I have any notifications?)?
Over the past week or so I've been noticing every time I log in (which is at least 10-12 times per day, as it is driectly pertains to spreading the word about what we do here) that I have a multitude of notifications.
"Great!" I think. "Something must be going on..."
Then I notice the following notification:
"Joe Schmo and 55 others have commented on a photo of you."
At first, it's intriguing. Then, upon further review I realize this is not actually a photo of me but a flyer for Strike-O-Matics Dirty Scorpio Birthday Bash at Bubba's Love Shack which happened Sunday. The "photo" is actually the flyer shown below posted last Thursday by local musician Joey Skipper, who proceeded to tag myself and 205 (give or take...I might have lost count) others.
I'm not one to complain about such things, but the constant notification of being told someone tagged you in a photo on Facebook apparently made some other folks a bit angry, so many in fact that it started a full-on digital debate about the use of Facebook tagging as a way to promote shows.
As a impartial party, I can see both sides of the fence on this issue, but since it became fairly heated there I thought it might make for a good topic of discussion amongst our local music fans here.
On one hand you've got the folks who say that it's annoying and that there is an "invite" function built into Facebook for this and on the other hand there's folks who see the repeated notifications being driven into fellow users' heads and think "hey, maybe that's a good way to reach folks!"
In some ways, I think it's kind of a moot point since users are given the ability to remove themselves from being tagged if they so choose, but for discussion's sake here's a bit of the back and forth which occured in the comments. We've left the names out, but if you want to see the whole thread, check it out here.
- DW: Getting tagged on flyers is annoying.
- MP: Agreed. Especially if you can't read them. It's like sending out a document in 10 point type as a thumbnail and asking people to read it.
- GJ: Yeah, I know. But I did look to see if I was really in the flyer. I am such a sucker.
- BS: Please remove this off my page.
- TTS: Damn. Where's the love? :)
- MHM: 4 All u negative nancies!!! Its a bday party, scorpio & otherwise, 2mrw 6pm in the inlet!!!
- ME: I felt honored to be tagged in this one as I LOVE me some Strike O's!! What's up with all the bitchiness...? Is that even a word..? LOL
- PM: I don't think it's so bad being tagged to this. Can't wait til tomorrow!
- SC: Yay!! So excited about tomorrow! Happy birthday scorpios!!! And for all of you whiners, just untag yourself or quit bitching already! Joey is doing a great thing for his friends by throwing this shin-dig!!!!
- DW: Here's the thing: There's an invite function. So simple. This is a misuse of tagging. It feels like spam. This definitely isn't the only flyer I've been tagged on; it's just the one that pushed me over the edge. I have to take time out to untag myself and have to search through a zillion names to do it. And I'm sick of having my e-mail notifications clogging up my inbox with the dozens of responses from people I don't know. I don't want this flyer in my photos. It doesn't belong there. Just invite me, dammit.
- BR: i agree. this flyer tagging business has to stop!
- DB: I think a photo tag is a reasonable way to narrow down your target audience for a flyer, it's basically just another way to send a message and of course most people will remove their tag sooner or later, to stay in control of their Photos of You section. don't bother me none. Natalie had good pix of this event and I regret we couldn't make it! HBD again Scorpios!
- DW: It was fun last night! Would love to have seen y'all, Dave. Still, I gotta disagree that flyer tagging is a reasonable way to narrow down a target audience. Rather, it's a way to WIDEN the audience by spamming everyone's walls. And I don't think I should have to take the time to wade though someone's entire friend list to untag myself. Doesn't seem like much, but it's actually a pain in the ass to keep doing that and to keep getting notifications that people I don't know have commented on a photo of me. Besides, the Create an Event function is easier and works better. I can check my invitations to see what's going on instead of having to scrounge around in old posts to find out when a show is or forget about it altogether, and I can also invite others easily. Again, so friggin' simple to just use the right tool for the job. Didn't y'all's daddies teach you that?
- HC: i'm diggin' the tag! :)
As trivial as it seems to argue over Facebook this way, I think it's just another sign of how communication between people is changing and is actually a really interesting question that deserves some more research into the matter.
If you have other examples of being annoyingly tagged or pestered by bands on Facebook, or have an opinion as to whether this is a legit use of tagging, please comment below or drop us a line. We'd love to hear what you have to say!