Image not being pulled by feed "media attachments"
I have been having trouble with Networked Blogs (Facebook) not being able to pull the correct post image (the first image) when syndicating to my FB account. Most often, it pulls the second image in the post. Networked blogs suggested I allow the RSS to pull the full text, which I have just done. But they also said this:
Your feed includes the images as media attachments and the attachments are not sorted the same way as their sorting in the post itself. So that explains why NB doesn’t always get the first image in the post, because in fact it is getting the first image in your attachments.
I don’t understand what this means – “your feed includes the images as media attachments” – what exactly does this mean and how do I change it? I’m hoping someone here can explain this a little more clearly than the NB folks. Thanks so much.
The blog I need help with is showmeoz.wordpress.com.
You cannot change the media attachments in your feed.
We have no control over which images Facebook chooses to display and we have no control over how long it takes for the image caches at Facebook to be flushed.
They make changes frequently and what follows may or may not be where they are at today:
Only the first five images uploaded to a post (direct inclusion/gallery/slideshow) will be sent to Facebook. The images size has to be at least 200 x 200 pixels.
To select which image will be used for things like Facebook Publicize, you can use a theme that supports featured images. http://en.support.wordpress.com/featured-images/ If a featured image isn’t set or your theme doesn’t use featured images, then the code tries to pick the first image in the post or page. If no image is found, then the blavatar is used. http://en.support.wordpress.com/avatars/blavatars/
See also > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/fb-link-has-no-thumbnails?replies=4#post-93686
You’re right about FB always changing things around – it’s quite annoying, really. This problem began about four weeks ago. Unlike here at WP, it takes forever (if ever!) to get a response from Networked Blogs and it gets old fast. I’ll double check the way I’m inserting my images and try again. Thanks for your help!
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to help you resolve this.
No, you definitely helped, thank you!
Have a great rest of the weekend. I’m heading for the beach soon. :)
Just a follow up on this problem – I was able to solve the problem by uploading the first image via WP Media and inserting it into the post manually (instead of inserting it in Windows Live Writer, which I have been using to write my posts). Ever since I changed that one thing, the post image pulls perfectly on my FB page/Networked Blogs feed. Thanks thistimethisspace for the heads up on that!
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