Social Wish List: No Thumbnail Image for Facebook Page Link Shares
Note: This post was written before Facebook apparently allowed at least some pages to again post link shares with no thumbnail image. So thank you, Facebook. – Dan
Facebook has undergone a lot of changes in the past year, but one that has stuck a thorn in the side of many people is that pages must post an image when sharing links.
Facebook took away the option to post link shares with no thumbnails last summer for the pages that I manage. And I have been hearing and reading from others that they have lost that option since that time, too.
We don’t care if you took it away to make people’s News Feed more visual. We just don’t care. Sometimes, we (as marketers) want to share links that don’t have an image. We know you gave us the option to upload our own, but that’s not always possible or applicable.
So quit acting like a belligerent teenager who’s making incessantly annoying rules in your own bedroom.
I was planning to post this asking Facebook to bring back the option for pages to post links with no thumbnail image. But Facebook beat me to the punch.
As you can see with the photo that accompanies this post, I have the option to post link shares with no thumbnail image on all the Facebook pages that I manage.
I had not heard that Facebook was bringing this feature back, but I am very thankful that they did.
Let’s face it, Facebook should give the page managers the option to do so. And why not? If the content they share is not ranked highly, let it be so. Maybe marketers will stop sharing them automatically.
But maybe not. Maybe they want to share it because it’s a key part of their strategy.
Either way, thank you for giving us (or some of us, at least) the option to post link shares without mandating that an image accompany the link.
Note: If you manage a Facebook page, leave a comment to tell me if you have this option. Thank you!
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