Is Facebook Doing this to Your Posts? "I Want Thumbnails!"

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I don't know about you, but somewhere in the stream of time, Facebook stopped offering thumbnails of photos from my ActiveRain posts when I post on FB. The ONLY photo it offers now is my avatar. Hmmm, what's up with that?

Now, wait a minute Facebook, you don't do this when I post links from other websites! I did this FB post the other day and you gave me a choice of the graphics that were in the post as my Thumbnail image!

Ok, so the "workaround" brainstorming session began. This will not do!

What can I do?? I know, post as a "photo" an then put a short URL link in the descriptive text!

Wow that thumbnail is even better than the one that facebook gives on posts. Because it is based on a photo, it is even BIGGER!

You want to use a short URL because the long (full) URL will take up way too much space and be unattractive.

At the bottom of every ActiveRain post, there is an option to create a short URL for your post. It will take the visitor to your regular AR blog page. This is fine when you want the primary visitor to be an AR member and they will comment. However, if it is a localism post and the consumer is the primary visitor, you really should send them to your outside blog page. For this, you can generate a short URL using an outside service like google's goo.gl or bit.ly - these are extremely easy to use, and the end result is a short URL for your FB post.

Well there you have it. Another web marketing strategy for you! Aren't you glad you came to class today? :)

-c-

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Your comment #7 totally made it click for me! I think I got confused on the short url info and outside blog talk. I need to take your class as well. I also get confused when I try to paste (way off track here) a link on twitter. How to shorten the link will help I realize... 

May 28, 2012 11:24 AM
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I'm all over this one too. Thanks so much Craig, it was driving me nuts trying to figure out how to get a photo about the post to show in the timeline. Now you've shown me how - thanks much.

May 29, 2012 06:53 AM
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Thanks for this too.  I will give it a try next time I post on AR and my outside blog!

May 29, 2012 06:32 PM
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What great tip! I could not figure this out, so I actually installed a Wordpress plugin that allowed you to set the Facebook picture from the WP dashboard as a temporary workaround until I figured it out, but I like this so much better! Thank you!!!

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I never fail to find a solution to a problem when I visit your blog! Sometimes to problems I didn't even know I had. Thanks so much.

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