Sunday, April 03, 2011

Facebook Sharing - What content gets chosen?

I've just been running some tests about how the Facebook share icon works in terms of what image, title, and message it picks up. I'm pretty sure that when you put a share icon on a webpage, as we've done on so many of the T4L webpages, here's one for example:
the share icon picks up the page title, the meta description and the first image on the page. Here's a test: 

However, I've been trying to figure out how Facebook picks the image. In this case, it gives the user a choice of 12, all of which can be found on the page. The first one is an odd choice, it's not the first image on the page. It might be the largest. It's not the one that's closest to the top in the center either.

1 comment:

BBat50 said...

Michael says: For dynamic sites like Vocabulary Teacher Resources and our wordpress sites. Descriptions and titles can be setup when creating the pages.

Facebook also automatically scans the pages for images to use. However, there is a piece of code we can add to dictate which image it will use per page.