Facebook and Google+ Now Expand Most Link Images

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This may be old news for some of you who were upgraded to the new Facebook interface. Mine just went live a few days ago, and there is a fresh appearance when I share a link.  If there’s an image, Facebook expands it and creates an appealing “card-like” post. Google+ does this too – just not as consistently.As an example, when I shared this source link it created a Facebook post where the band image was very prominent.

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Google Plus has also adopted this style, though I’m unable to get the image to always be prominent and from what I can tell the image sharing works mostly for newspaper sites.

Sharing the same link shown previously to Google+ does not produce a visual image.

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However, on Google+ when I share a link from my local newspaper it produces a visually prominent Google+ post:

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As well as a visually prominent Facebook post:

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It’s possible that this has been working forever on your account. I just noticed that my Google+ and Facebook have started to support it, and since I seem to be last in line for new features everywhere – it’s probably now on everyone’s account.

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Wayne Schulz
Wayne is a diehard Android user and consultant specializing in Sage 100 ERP Accounting Software. He lives in Glastonbury CT with his two children. When not helping them with their homework or pushing the latest school fundraiser off on his co-workers, he is active hiking and investigating all manner of technology.