Facebook publicise shows the wrong image for post

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    I posted a video on my site using http://wordpress.com/#!/post/

    The post is available here http://lanceolot.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/i-forgot-my-phone/

    It is a youtube embed with a simple comment. I cannot put a featured image as that would then duplicate on my Visual theme homepage and the posting option does not let you do this unless you use the full dashboard option. The post is a video embed so it also has no ‘normal’ image.

    Unfortunately the Facebook publicise option has now simply taken the first image it finds on the url – which just happens to be the most recent Like I have. So now the Facebook posting has a totally unrelated image next to the post information (all correct).

    According to FB debug, the ‘og:image’ tag has not been explicitly set which is correct, but shouldn’t WordPress.com at least set this tag in instances where there is no featured image and no image directly posted in the article…

    Even setting this tag to a “blank” image would be favourable to having a totally unrelated image being associated with a post.

    This issue has also happened when I created a post with no image or featured image – i.e. a plain text post… it simply took an unrelated image off the webpage and used that… when I explicitly did not want an image associated with the post.

    Perhaps someone has figured out how to do this properly or has a workaround?


    The blog I need help with is lanceolot.wordpress.com.


    Facebook publish chooses random images from your blog post to feature. Sometimes it will choose the first one in my article, sometimes not. C’est la vie.



    I have found that when you set a featured image, FB always takes that image as the one to use… its when you do not have one that problems happen.

    C’est la vie… perhaps, but unless people report issues like this then WordPress will not have any feedback on how well a particular feature is working (or not working). I realise that FB has countless issues and is the behemoth here so getting them to make changes is almost impossible… So perhaps, just maybe, someone in WP can figure out a way to make this work – even perhaps having extra settings on a post via the dashboard that would let us specify the og:image when there is no featured post. Even set a default image like our gravatar or any other image in the media library as our fallback image for publicise purposes – i.e. no featured image, ok, then set an image in the post as the default or set another image in the media library as a default…

    Or alternatively – allow the featured image to be set but not displayed… purely to solve publicise issues with other sites…

    Just ideas….



    After some lengthy searches on people using OpenGraph it does seem like this og:image issue is quite widespread and not just with WP publicise… Seems that many people are struggling to get FB to select the correct images and the only ones that work are those that are able to address the issue through back end scripting to ensure that FB gets what it wants…

    After some thought and testing… I figure that the only way around this issue is to explicitly set a featured image (or do not use the FB Publicise option and manually post updates).

    I have since updated the video page accordingly…


    We have always used the featured image option, and the featured image is visible in the post, but Facebook Publisize and manual linking will always pick the first image in the sidebar instead of the featured image. Not even when putting an image manually in the post, will it pick that image, it goes to the first image in the side bar no matter what and there is no option to change this.



    When using Publicize, note that we have no control over the images that Facebook chooses to display or when they choose to flush their image caches. We really only send them the URL of the post, and they hunt through that for the excerpt and images to include. From: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/avalaible-facebook-thumbnail-issue?replies=7#post-1000734
    Read also: http://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug
    from: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/fb-link-has-no-thumbnails?replies=4#post-936861

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