Facebook Adds Mention Tagging Of Friends In Open Graph Apps

By David Cohen 

Facebook added the ability for users of open graph applications to mention their friends in their messages from those apps, calling it “mention tagging.”

When friends are mentioned in posts from open graph apps, their friends’ names will link to their timelines, the posts will also appear on their timelines (or in their timeline reviews, if they are using that feature), and they will receive notifications.

Facebook offered more details in a post on its developer blog, including how mention tagging differs from its already existing action tagging feature:

Mention tagging is designed for user messages, which makes it different from the existing action tagging feature:

Mention tagging can be used whenever a user wants to reference their friend in the message text they enter. For example, mention tagging can be used if someone wants to describe the people in a photo or bring a friend’s attention to something they might enjoy.

Action tagging is strictly intended for when people are performing an action together. For example, action tagging should be used when people take a run together or visit a restaurant together.

Stories with mention and action tags appear differently on Facebook. Mention tagging creates a link in the user message, whereas action-tagging adds friends’ names to the story text.

This new feature is ideal for situations when people are doing activities where they want to reference friends. For example, people want to mention friends when they share a special song; call a particular friend’s attention to a great movie or restaurant; or describe a photo that includes a friend.

If you choose to implement mention tagging, you’ll need to provide users with a tokenizer or some other way to know that they can reference their friends. See design guidelines and learn how to implement this new feature in our mention tagging documentation.

Developers may not prefill mentions in user messages. Any message that contains a mention needs to be composed by the user and explicitly meant to be shared on Facebook.

For mention tagging to work in your app, you will need to resubmit your actions and request approval for both “user messages” and “tags.” To expedite your request, please specify how you plan to implement the feature and provide detailed reproduction steps.

Readers: Are you anxious to begin using mention tagging in your open graph apps?