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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Social Media Sharing- Where are My Images?

I use NetworkedBlogs to syndicate posts from my Thingamablog blog posts to my social media accounts, i.e., Twitter and Facebook.

The fact I use Thingamablog is important, in that today, most services like WordPress and Tumblr provide automatic syndication as specified by the user. Thingamablog does not provide this automation.

Over the last year, Networkedblogs has incorporated new features which for the most part- continues to make the service a great value especially for someone like me who uses Thingamablog.

That said, one area I have found to be problematic? Syndication of blog images and thumbnails. My Facebook timeline often looks similar to the following illustration:

Over the past several days, I have researched hoping to find a solution for this error. If there is a solution [this is a free service], I did not find it.

Instead- I am going to use a solution I integrated in January 2014 on several blogs and forums I maintain. These include:

  • Tumblr Blog.
  • Business Blog Remix
  • Q's Wire-- I used an automatic script to update the WordPress software on my server and did not update the "red & white" template most of you are familiar with. The "black & pink" template was a backup for which I did not integrate the share script. I do not post often enough to Q's Wire, to warrant incorporating the share buttons on the template I am now using.
  • NS&J Forums
  • This blog, [It's Personal].

Initially, I integrated the share buttons to allow visitors an easy means to share a post from one of my site areas.

Today, I used the Facebook share button to update the syndication of a recent post from this blog- to my Facebook timeline.

Note, I currently allow Tumblr to syndicate blog posts to my Twitter and Facebook accounts and this will not change. I will also continue to use Networkedblogs to syndicate blog posts from my domain, to my Twitter account, in that images and thumbnails will continue to be, not a factor.

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