If you make sure the center of the first image of your virtual tour is the best part of the image, you will always have a perfect “featured image” for Facebook or other social media channels.
However, it does happen sometimes that the center of your first image is facing a wall or a bunch of cars – you don’t want that, so you can manipulate the image to make sure the featured image in Facebook or other channels still shows the best part of your image.
The below video shows you how to do this:
Here’s a quick guide:
Use Facebook Debugger to check the featured image:
Go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/
Insert your virtual tour link
Click on “fetch new information” or “scrape again (depending if you already shared this link on social media before)
Check the link by copying and pasting the OG:Image link:
If the image does not look good, you need to change it before sharing it.
We use Pixelmator, but you can use any image editing program like Photoshop or others.
Using an image editor, open the image and cut the image where you think is best to ensure the best part of the image will show in the center:
Move the remaining part to the other site of the image, and paste the part you just cut to fill the gap
so now your image will look like this:
Save the image using the EXACT SAME FILE NAME as the original image
Upload the new image using the EXACT SAME FILE NAME as the original image into My360
Once uploaded – go into the tour editor to make sure the arrow of the image is in the right place
Publish the tour again
Go back to the Facebook debugger
Click “scrape again”
Check your image again, you will see the featured image has now changed