Facebook and Images

Here’s the image I was testing in that last post. I’m embedding it this time and going with no featured image.


I’m trying to figure out how Facebook pulls images when I share and publicize links. It seems random at times, but given the fetish for algorithms Facebook seems to have, I think randomness is quite impossible. So I’m testing and comparing notes with Therefore I Geek, Part Time Monster, Infinite Free Time, Victim to Charm, and others about it.

Here is how I think it works.

1. It seems to always pull a featured image as a little square with the link to the side.

2. If no featured image, it pulls from the post starting with the largest. If no images in the post are the right proportions to run across the column with the link underneath, It pulls an image and puts it in the little square.

3. If the post is all text with no media at all, it uses the blavatar, in a little square.

4. Oddly. If the post has other media, such as videos and pins, but no image, it pulls whatever site-wide art it can find and displays that.

If I use only pins for art at here, it pulls one of my header images, because that is the only site-wide art I have that isn’t in a slideshow. It routinely pulls blogging badges from Part Time Monster with her links when she does pin-only posts and puts them in a little square, but I can’t find any rhyme nor reason to how it decides which badges to pull.

(And  yes, people who are better at searches that me. I have heard of Google. I’m happy for you to drop me an explainer with a non-snarky comment if you can find one in under 5 minutes because I really want to know. I’m tinkering here and playing blogger games. Combing through websites from a search page is not fun. This is.)


Two things for you bloggers who tweet.

  1. Announcing my #FollowFridays right this minute.
  2. Explaining why.

I did a massive Follow Friday for a lot of bloggers last week with Luther’s help. I can’t do that every week. It’s too much work and I can’t afford to come across as spammy. That doesn’t mean I can’t do Follow Fridays at all, though 😉

Image via Suzie81's Blog, 2014.

Image via Suzie81’s Blog, 2014.

This week, I’ll do exactly two Follow Fridays on Twitter.

  • One for @Suzie81blog, written as a thank you for #SundayBlogShare. I’ll send it early and pin it to @Sourcererblog‘s Twitter profile to make it easy for people to find. I blog on U.S. Eastern Time.
  • Another one a few minutes later, written as a reminder about #SundayBlogShare, to @parttimemonster and others.

I am announcing this in advance and I am only sending two because I want to see how far these tweets spread. I chose Suzie for the first tweet because I want #SundayBlogShare to get the benefit if there’s any to be had. I chose Diana for the second because we tweet together incessantly. Her following is the one I can rely on the most to include a lot of alert bloggers and to recognize Sourcerer as the Monster’s partner.

I have no idea what the promotional value of this is for #SundayBlogShare, but if a few people join in, there’s a better-than-even chance I will learn something I don’t already know about the way information spreads on Twitter, and y’all know how good I am about sharing new tricks as I learn them.

So . . .

Arrr, Mateys!

Arrr, Mateys!

If you enjoy social media mischief as much as I do, or if you like #SundayBlogShare and want to raise its profile, I’m giving you two tweets to work with on Friday. I’ve also handed you a template, just in case you want to do this with a few of your tweeps. You don’t have to wait on me or tweet with me to get it rolling. Just send a few other bloggers who might apprecate it a #FollowFriday (#FF) and include #SundayBlogShare.

You know how everyone retweets Follow Fridays. Do it whenever you like, wherever you are, on Friday. This is a gift, bloggers! #Bloglove 😉

I work most of the day on Fridays. I’ll send my tweets and then come back once I am done with the job and check to see if anything cool happened.

I will retweet Follow Fridays generously from #SundayBlogShare with both my accounts once I’m done with work, and by mobile during the day if my schedule permits.

EDIT: I’m only doing this as part of the Follow Friday routine one time, and after I send my two tweets, I’m not personally tweeting anything else to that hashtag until Sunday except in replies and conversations with people I’ve tweeted with for a while who I am sure will be interested. I’m pretty much tweeting it to bloggers who follow me during the week and then clearing off on Saturday to give it time to settle before the link sharing starts.

#SundayBlogShare. What Fun!

Thank you, Suzie, for #SundayBlogShare. I had irons in the fire yesterday and didn’t do as much as I could have done, but I did meet a nice blogger named Austin (@Austin_Hodgens if you want to follow him on twitter, peeps!) who I never would have met without that hashtag.

Image © Gene’O, 2014. Free to use with credit and a link.

Image © Gene’O, 2014. Free to use with credit and a link.

I’m posting this and letting it sit all week. Let’s just see what happens.


If you aren’t into Twitter, apologies. The rest of this requires you to have a Twitter presence. But not a big one. You could set up a Twitter account today and still get in on it by Sunday. 🙂

#SundayBlogShare has somehow managed to not be a thing yet. We had a bit of fun with that hashtag over the weekend. We can have more fun with it next Sunday if you’re in the mood for it. ww_2014_07_08_wc

What you can do to maximize the fun:

  1. Share one or more blog links to the hashtag this coming Sunday.
  2. Retweet things you like from the hashtag at odd moments during this week.
  3. Tweet the hashtag to other bloggers you know between now and Sunday. Let them know it’s an awesome link-sharing opportunity and a good way to find other bloggers on Twitter.

You get bonus points if you include #wordpress in tweets with #SundayBlogShare, because there are a few accounts that retweet from #wordpress a lot.

That is all, except the part where I link to a few friends who blog and tweet. Give the them a look. They are all fabulous bloggers and awesome tweeps.

Diana @parttimemonster

Sabina @VictimToCharm

Sheena @notapunkrocker

Gretchen @gkelly73

Luther @nfinitefreetime

Leah @odorunara

Natacha @natachaguyot

David @compgeeksdavid

Taylor @taylorgraceauth

Rose @RoseFBlog

Thanks again Suzie, for #SundayBlogShare. And for this awesome Twitter image! I use it often 🙂

Image via Suzie81's Blog, 2014.

Image via Suzie81’s Blog, 2014.