Today Facebook launched the ability to tag your friends, groups, or fan pages in a status message (not in the comments -- just in the original post).
Here's how you do it. When you want to tag something, type the "@" symbol and start typing their name. You'll then get a list of suggested friends or groups -- just like when you go to search for someone.
Click the name of the person you want to tag, and the "@" symbol goes away and the name becomes a clickable link back to their page.
Now Niala is notified that I tagged her, the same way you're notified if you are tagged in a photo or note.
Tagging friends worked for me, but it totally wigged out when I tried to tag the Poked fan page:
Hopefully that glitch will be fixed... anyone else have a problem trying to tag a group or fan page? Perhaps it's because we have a colon in our fan page name.
[UPDATE: Facebook has told us they're looking into the glitch.]
CNN interviewed Randi Zuckerberg about the new feature and if this was a way to keep up with Twitter, which uses the @name feature to tag users. You can watch the interview below.