The Solution To Facebook’s Link Insert Bug
A new bug reared its ugly head when Facebook rolled out their new page design. A bug that was driving me nuts. But fortunately, I soon found an extremely simple fix.
I first wanted to check and make sure that I was not the only person coming across the problem. But after a quick straw poll amongst some colleagues, I discovered that I was not.
Here’s the problem:
Yikes. Ugly, right? Whereas Facebook typically takes a link you paste into the status update field and populates it with a title, description and thumbnail, I would often end up with something like the above screenshot. It doesn’t exactly look appealing for your fans, does it?
The sadistic part of me wants to make this more complicated, but there’s no need. I have found a simple fix to this bug that has worked every time so far – depending upon the URL you paste in, either add or remove the trailing forward slash.
So in the above example, I refreshed the page to get rid of the old draft status update, then pasted in “https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/beginners-introduction-to-multisite”. Here’s what resulted:
Much better, right? A simple, yet elegant solution.
If anyone technically minded knows why Facebook is experiencing this problem, please let us know in the comments section!