Thumbnails and Facebook

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  • #1063178

    triadfoodies
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    I’m having trouble with finding the proper thumbnail to go along with my blog post when updating the post to my Facebook status. Usually, if I choose the a photo at the top of my blog, it will be the first in the thumbnail selection. But sometimes I don’t find ANY relevant thumbnail. This is particularly true today and always the case when I’m simply posting a link to my webpage on a status update. I basically have to choose “no thumbnail”. What do I do.
    Blog url: http://triadfoodies.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is triadfoodies.com.

    #1063291

    timethief
    Member

    Unfortunately, we have no control over the images that Facebook chooses. We really only send them the URL of the post, and they hunt through that for the excerpt and images to include. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/avalaible-facebook-thumbnail-issue?replies=7#post-1000734

    #1063316

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    I became disgusted with the stupid and unattractive thumbnails facebook would choose for my work blog so I found a sort of work-around. And maybe it messes email subscribers up, but the facebook hits (appreciated by my boss) are better.

    I write a custom excerpt for my post ( I don’t know if custom excerpts go out to subscribers of blogs without a functioning custom excerpt but my feed is set to “summary”) then publish my work blog with just that, the abbreviated post. The custom excerpt goes out to subscribers as I want. With only one picture in the post (the one I choose) facebook shows it.

    I also write a draft post the way I want it to finally show on the work blog before publishing my abbreviated post. Once published, I copy the html of the draft to the published post and add quickly add the other pictures.

    If a subscriber clicks immediately, then he or she will see only the abbreviated post but that’s a chance I am willing to take.

    Note that I’m not a big fan of facebook and I do this only because it is a blog for work.

    @timethief, do you think there are problems with this?

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