Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Blogger to Google+ Experiment

In the last month or two, I’ve noticed that the post images that are shared to my Google+ profile are not the same as the original images on Blogger.  The last example was my review of Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane.  Although his cover appeared on my blog, my Google+ followers were treated to the cover of my book, In the Space of an Atom, in its place.  (I thought I heard a chorus of ‘how smug can he get!’)
Hey, not my fault.  It’s automation out of control.
There is, of course, a Google+ help community that recommended the following:
When you share a post on Google+, it looks for an image with an original dimension that is at least 506 pixels wide. If you don't have an image in your blog post that is wide enough, Google+ may pick (something else).
Sure enough, my cover image of Since We Fell is only 331 pixels wide, well short of the magic number. 
So, to make it up to Dennis, who I am sure is quite upset that his cover didn’t appear in Google+, I’m embedding a version I enlarged using a simple picture editor as an experiment.  Hopefully, his cover appears and not mine, since I don’t wish to be tagged as the shameless self-promoter of Google+.