• Facebook is testing new tags for your profile page

    Have you ever looked at your Facebook profile page and lamented that the one thing it was missing was — profile tags? You know, like the ones on LinkedIn that purport to list your professional skills so colleagues and potential employers can instantly see what you are good at?

    Well, evidently Facebook has come around to thinking that such tags are desirable for your personal profile, and The Verge is reporting that it’s already testing the concept on accounts in New Zealand.

    When asked by the tech blog whether this was real or some kind of optical illusion, Facebook answered, “Profile tags are a creative tool that lets you and your friends add tags to your profile to highlight the things that describe you and what you’re into.”

    And like LinkedIn, you can assign tags to yourself, or your friends can assign them at your approval. And being Facebook, you can create whatever tag you want — you won’t have to pick from a set list. You can even use emoji — and that will likely be the kicker.

    And just like all other things people add to your timeline, this will be yet another occasion for a Facebook notification. Yay.

    If you don’t like a tag, then you don’t have to approve it. Or you can just leave it hanging and its presence will remain your secret — only you and the tagger will see it until you decisively refuse it.

    There’s no word yet on when Facebook will be testing or rolling out the new profile tags elsewhere. We’ve contacted Facebook to see if they’re ready to spill more details, and will update the story if and when we hear back.