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Posting link to blog post on FB displays an older version?

  1. Okay, this is weird - I posted a link on my FaceBook timeline that goes to a recent blog post. But when FaceBook displays the little "teaser" text that encourages people to click on the link, it somehow found an older version of my post.
    I'd gone right to the blog's page and pasted the URL from there.
    Any idea why this happens like that and how to fix it?

    The blog I need help with is sentientmouse.com.

  2. 1. Try flushing your FB cache but disconnect from FB first http://umairj.com/146/how-to-clear-facebook-shares-cache/

    2. Disconnect the Publicize app and reconnect it to the correct account. http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/
    (a) Try the full reconnect procedure again detailed at http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/#reconnecting-facebook including step 3 (removing the FB app), which is probably the most important step.
    (b) http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/#reconnecting-twitter

    3. See also publicize troubleshooting http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/#troubleshooting

    Note: RSS Grafitti http://www.facebook.com/RSS.Graffiti can be used for posting to Facebook walls if you prefer. RSS Graffiti periodically checks the RSS/Atom feeds that you specify and posts any new entries it finds to the Facebook Walls that you specify. You can get any feed written on any wall (Facebook Profiles, Fan Pages, Groups, Events and Application Profile Pages). In fact, multiple feeds to multiple walls. You choose the combination.

    Please note that reconnecting Publicize with Facebook and/or with Twitter does not re-publicize missed posts, but it will work for future posts.

  3. Now I know you will think what's that got to do with the Facebook timeline widget. I'm not sure that it will help but when old data shows up there's a caching issue and flushing your Facebook cache may work.

  4. Hmmm... I'll look over those links and try some of the suggestions. You did make me curious enough about the caching thing to try something else... I fired up one of my PCs that doesn't really get used for anything web-related and I never browse on it. Well, I went to FB and logged in and looked at my post and it was showing the same old data. Unless FB pulls that cached info in and propagates to all devices that use the same login, which I doubt, then I'm really stumped. But when I think about it, it really has to be getting that data from a local cache. All I did was enter the URL directly to the post - there's no way that FB would have access to anything "special" at WordPress, like a backdoor to old versions.
    It's as interesting as it is irritating. I do hate how enmeshed our browsers have made all activities. Convenient? Yes... But sometimes... Grrr...

    Thanks!
    Mark

  5. Hi again Mark,
    I'm all out of ideas. I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  6. Hi there!

    I posted a link on my FaceBook timeline that goes to a recent blog post. But when FaceBook displays the little "teaser" text that encourages people to click on the link, it somehow found an older version of my post.

    When did you update the blog post to the newer version, before or after you linked to the post on Facebook? If you change a post on your blog after you post a link to it on Facebook, that teaser text will not automatically update on Facebook's end.

    If you made your changes before you posted it to Facebook, can you give me a screenshot of the affected post on Facebook (unless you want to link to it here) and let me know what post on your blog you linked to? I'll be happy to take a closer look once I have that information.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

  7. Hi!
    The change in text had been some time before I decided to post the poem. I wasn't really happy with the original version of the second stanza, so it wasn't until I had reworked it that I decided to post a link for my FB friends to read. That's why I was so surprised to see the old version appear in the teaser window! I even deleted it and tried again, but it kept finding the old version from somewhere. In fact, I just tried again now and it pulled up the old copy from somewhere!?!?!
    How can I post a screenshot here? I have my privacy settings pretty locked down on FB, so I can't link to it :-(

    Thanks,
    Mark

  8. How can I post a screenshot here? I have my privacy settings pretty locked down on FB, so I can't link to it

    Just upload it to your site's Media Gallery and I'll take a look. As WordPress.com Staff, I am able to view your site's dashboard.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Otherwise I'll wait to hear back from you.

  9. Thanks!
    I've uploaded it - it's: wacky_post.jpg

    Let me know if that's what you were looking for? I'm not sure how it will help, but if it will, then I'll try anything :-)

    Thanks,
    Mark

  10. Thanks for that screenshot - that helps a lot!

    I went back and looked at your past post revisions and this post revision timestamp seems to be the one that corresponds to your Facebook post:

    31 May, 2013 @ 23:28:38

    Since the post was originally published at May 31, 2013 @ 23:29, it seems Facebook was pulling the original postdata information when you shared the post, despite the fact you made 9 more revisions to that post since then. I tested sharing it today and confirmed it was using the original published version.

    Because this is a Facebook issue, there's not a whole lot we can do on our end to prevent this in the future. However, I was able to update the information Facebook uses for that post by running that post URL (http://sentientmouse.com/2013/05/31/empty-hands/) through Facebook's debugger tool in order to force Facebook to pull the most recent version of your post:
    https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug

    After I ran your post through the debugger, it shows the most up-to-date version of your post in the "teaser" when I tested sharing your post.

    If you see this in the future, running your post URL through the debugger will fix the problem.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

  11. Thanks for all of your work, digging into this problem. It seems that Facebook feels that it's "helping" us by caching this info. At least, I know now how to fix it in the future.

    Again - thanks!!
    Mark

  12. You're welcome! Glad I could help. :)

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