I’m using Social 2.5 with WordPress 3.4.2. I’m also using the Instagram for WordPress plug-in (version 0.3.6). The Instagram plugin puts a widget in my sidebar that pulls the 20 most recent images from my Instagram account.
If I have a WP post with an image, Social pulls that image and uses it as a thumbnail on the resulting Facebook post. However – and this is the issue I’m having – if the WP post has no image, Social pulls one of the Instagram photos from the widget.
Here is a screen cap of the Instagram widget, and here is a screen cap of a Facebook post with the Instagram image. As you can see, the Instagram picture of my barbeque dinner has nothing to do with a musical Top 10 list.
Soooooo… any ideas?
The Instagram for WordPress plugin is here.
Please see if this is still the case in 2.6rc2:
Yes, the problem remains. Here’s a screencap of my most recent FB post. The original WP post is just a “Quote of the Day” type thing with no images:
For some reason, it seems to like that image in particular. As I said, the Instagram plug-in pulls the last 20 images I’ve posted, and that image is not the most recent. Curious.
UPDATE: Not only does this issue persist in 2.6 final, I think I’ve found another issue: if the graphic you include in your WP post is a JPG, Social uses that as the thumbnail for the FB post. However, if the image is a PNG, Social ignores this and uses a JPG from the Instagram feed instead.
For example, this screencap shows a WP post which includes an image of a woman pulling her hair out. The image is a PNG and shows on up on my FB feed like this. However, if I convert the PNG to JPG, it looks like this in my FB feed.
UPDATE: I became frustrated with this whole mess and disabled the Instagram plug-in early this week. Just now I published another article and this is what came up on my FB timeline. That’s Lord Nelson, and the image is one of my header images!
At this point, I’d just like to ask for the ability to disable images completely in FB posts, or at least have the ability to use a static image.
P.S. For what it’s worth, I’m using whatever the latest default theme is – TwentyTwelve, I guess? – with a plug-in that randomizes the header image from a folder on my server.
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