I recently started letting my Tweets automatically post to Facebook again after a hiatus.
The way it works is this: When I publish a new post on the blog, Twitter automatically grabs the headline and link and puts it up as a Tweet. Then, Facebook grabs that and posts it as an update.
But FB does something Twitter does not do — it goes back to the original blog post and grabs a photo from the post, and publishes that with the headline and link.
What is NOT fine is that if there is no image with the original post, Facebook skims through the vast store of images posted on the blog in the past, and posts that with the headline and link — without any regard whatsoever to the irrelevance of the content.
Which can lead to some pretty jarring combinations, of which I am often unaware until someone brings them to my attention.
Yesterday, Burl brought the image at right to my attention, from his phone.
I kind of enjoyed it. It has a feel like the poster for a cheesy buddy/action movie, probably a third or fourth sequel — titled, say, “Road Trip IV,” with the tagline: “That’s no roads deal. And these bad boys ain’t gonna stand for it!”
The effect would be better if it weren’t cropped so tight, so that you could see our defiantly crossed arms (below).
The photo, of course, is of Burl and me outside his museum on Ford Island in Hawaii last year.
Not all of these haphazard pairings are as amusing (to me, anyway) as this one. I’ve even on occasion been motivated to apologize for them. So I’d like to flip off the switch that causes Facebook to do this. Does such a switch exist? Does anyone know?