September 6, 2011

Control which image Facebook uses to represent your site

Facebook Thumb ImageDeltina HayAre you happy with the choices Facebook offers as the image thumbnail to represent “likes” of – or links to – your website or blog?

If you are unsure what I am talking about, look at the image at the right. When you post a link on your Facebook news feed or share a site by “liking” it, you are given several thumbnail images to choose from to represent the link as depicted. In this example, there are 36 choices.

The problem is that Facebook will often grab images that are unrelated to the linked page. For example, images from sidebars or ads may appear instead of relevant images. To discover which image Facebook sees as most relevant for any page of your website, use the Facebook URL Linter Tool.

How to control which image is used as a thumbnail by Facebook

Luckily, you do have control over which image is used as the thumbnail when you and others share content from your site on Facebook. There are a few options available.

First, you can place a line of code in the header of your Website that will force Facebook to use the same image for all of the pages on your site. Continue reading