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Having trouble posting articles from PersonaPaper to Facebook?

THEN WORRY NO MORE! It's a bit annoying what's happening with Facebook right now. If our PP articles had a header image it used to be quite straightforward to share our PersonaPaper articles to Facebook but something has changed recently and we can no longer do so - we get an error message forbidding it (articles without a header image are unaffected).

Ok, where there's a will there's a way and it's actually quite easy to get around. There is more than one way to do it and I am going to tell you how I do it.

I use a link shortener. I know some people don't like using them and, in fact, the full URL from PP will work just as well but it looks untidy. Simply post the link (shortened or full) to FB as normal. You can also add a comment. An error message will appear.

There are actually two different types of error message you may get but it doesn't matter which one appears, just cancel it.

The screen should now look something like this:


All that you need do now is insert the picture and it will appear as normal. Then post to FB and Bob's your uncle!

This method requires that the relevant image is already downloaded to your computer which, I think, is the reason it works. FB check the source of the picture, find that it's an upload from your computer and are quite happy to accept it.

If you take a look at my Facebook page (search for Bill Kasman) you will see an article about dog poo which was posted using this method.

Happy FB posting!

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VinceSummers wrote on July 6, 2018, 10:59 PM

I think it's great you're trying to help. I am afraid, though, that I still don't get it. Does the article, then, have no image? An image is assigned through Facebook? That doesn't sound right, but I haven't a clue what is right.

MegL wrote on July 7, 2018, 6:40 AM

Facebook has changed its rules. I am reading the page, trying to understand what it means but it makes no sense!

Kasman wrote on July 7, 2018, 10:12 AM

The article has an image but it must first be on your computer from where FB will upload it into your FB post. There is more than one way to do it but there are only slight differences between them. My method uploads the link to your PP article onto FB and then uploads the image. I use a shortened link because it looks much tidier.

AliCanary wrote on July 7, 2018, 6:47 PM

How about if you make the post without the image, then share the link to Facebook, make sure it works, then go back to your post and add the image? Is that a workaround, or would it then disable the link?

Kasman wrote on July 7, 2018, 7:16 PM

AliCanary - Yes, that way does work but it's a bit of a roundabout route and it means that there is no picture on the FB post. You need to add the picture by editing the FB post and it still means that the picture must be on your computer first.

melody23 wrote on July 8, 2018, 12:45 PM

I have not long finished a course on the new facebook changes, it didn't mention anything about images. I don't share to my facebook so I have no idea what issue it is people are facing or I would try to help. can you put the link to the page about the new rules and maybe I can figure out what one it is it thinks people are violating?