Facebook has enhanced its auto-suggest and tagging
Facebook has enhanced its auto-suggest and tagging feature so that the @ key is no longer required.
Now if you start to type a proper noun into the status bar, you would be prompted with a drop-down menu listing any corresponding names among your friends, pages or groups. If you select one, the name would appear in your status update or wall post as a hyper-link. Previously you needed to trigger the tag by typing @ first.
It seems that the feature only works when you use a capital letter. So for me, typing “Book” prompts suggestions related to BookCrossing or the Book Passage Travel Writing & Photography Conference, while typing “book” is just treated as a normal word. As ReadWriteWeb comments, this is probably sensible – you wouldn’t want Facebook to suggest your friend Tom every time you type the word “tomorrow”.