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Here’s a little problem that almost all of us have experienced at least once. You go to Facebook with an awesome link you want to share, paste it in and realise there’s no image thumbnail showing up. You can’t seem to make Facebook understand that the page does have images on it and you’d really like to show a thumbnail. Or can you?
Yes, you can force Facebook to show a thumbnail for your link using a neat little trick before you post the update. Today we’ll take you through how to do this and a few other handy image-related tricks to make your Facebook timeline look great.
Force Facebook To Show Thumbnail Image For Link
If you’ve pasted a link into Facebook and there’s no thumbnail image showing up to choose, here’s what you can do. To start with, don’t make your update just yet.
Instead, head to the Facebook Developers debug tool (search for it if you lose the link). Here, you can enter the URL of the link you’re trying to post. This forces Facebook to crawl the link and see if there is an image.
If you scroll down into the debug results, you should now see an image thumbnail. Now you’re ready to make your update.
If you now go back to Facebook home or your profile in order to share your link you should see at least one thumbnail image appearing. So, choose your image and post your link. Easy!
Adjust Thumbnails Of Your Photos On Your Facebook Timeline
Sometimes you upload a photo to Facebook and when it appears on your timeline you realise it is terribly cropped – sometimes cropping out the head of the person or focusing on something which isn’t the subject of the photo. These can actually be nudged about so that the thumbnail image is showing the best part of the photo. It’s actually quite easy to do.
On your timeline, while looking at the photo update you will see the edit button in the top right. Click that and choose “Reposition Photo” from the menu list. Then you’ll be able to choose which part of the photo is shown in your timeline. Obviously anyone clicking through will still see the whole photo. This is just to make the timeline look better. For instance, showing photos of faces instead of a pair of knees. Note that this will also change what other people see in their home feed. Trust me, it’s weird to see people showing off a photo update that only shows their legs.
Highlight Certain Photos In An Album
When you or your friends are looking at your photo albums, sometimes it’s nice to be able to show quickly which ones are your favourites. Facebook actually makes this really easy. Head over to your own photo gallery, which will show all of the photos you have uploaded and are tagged in. For any photo you love, click on the little star in the top-right. This will highlight the photo on this page and in the album of yours it appears in. If it’s not your photo, it will just highlight it on your timeline, not the other person’s.
Highlighting the photo like this makes the thumbnail image for the album or photos page much larger. In fact, it now takes up the same space as four un-highlighted thumbnail images. Facebook will automatically rearrange your album view so that the order is maintained, yet the photo is bigger. If you highlight a selection of photos from each of your albums it makes browsing via the album view just a little more interesting for your friends. Plus, the photos which are highlighted will receive a lot more attention from anyone viewing via the album view.
More Photo & Thumbnail Facebook Tips
If you love uploading photos to Facebook, there are a number of great tools and tips you may benefit from. Check out previous MakeUseOf articles on using IFTTT to import your images to Facebook, arranging and deleting photos from a Facebook album, photo tagging on Facebook, tools for uploading photos automatically to Facebook, using Stipple to get Flickr, Instagram and Facebook photos in one place, and free places to design a Facebook timeline cover.
There are so many great tools, tips and tricks Facebook users can make use of when it comes to photos. How do you keep your Facebook timeline and photo albums looking great?