How to Use Facebook Debugger
Every day millions of links are shared on Facebook. And we know that the best way to get people to click on those shares is to have a good visual attached to them.
So when you have a piece of content that you want to share, you want to make sure it appears how you want it to appear. Nothing is as bad as a link share on Facebook that has an incorrect image attached.
That’s when Facebook Debugger can help.
What is Facebook Debugger?
Facebook Debugger is a tool that allows you to see “helpful feedback about your page markup,” Facebook says.
That means you can use it to see how the code of the website displays when shared on Facebook.
The results page will spill out a lot of technical information on what Facebook is seeing in the URL that you input.
How do you use Facebook Debugger?
All you need to do is open up Debugger and paste the URL into the field. The results page will give you the following:
- scraped information
- object properties
- share preview
- raw Open Graph document information
- like button warnings that should be fixed
- Open Graph warnings that should be fixed
How can you use this information?
Simply put, you can use this to make sure what you are about to share on Facebook is displaying how you want it to display. This is especially helpful to content creators.
One error that I see frequently is the correct thumbnail image is not displaying with the link preview. Using Facebook Debugger works to make sure the correct thumbnail image displays or can be chosen from among a handful. That ensures that the visual content you want shared is displaying correctly.
New share preview
As I mentioned, the results page gives a share preview. This is a new feature of the tool, and it’s one of the best features of it. Take a look at it:
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