Now heres a damned handy plugin.
A featured image usually appears quite large sized across the tops of posts and in sliders. They are also the default image all shares to social media use. It’s handy to hot link an image from Flickr or Photobucket for your featured image due to bandwidth and storage size of large photos if you host your own website. WordPress however does not give you that option.
This plugin does. It gives you a little widget on your add / edit post page where you can paste in an url from anywhere for your featured image.
The only downside is your theme needs to be able to handle them well. In my case I have dicked about with the CSS so much, I get a giant block across the screen when I try to set a featured image heh.
I imagine some of you lot must have a use for this though!
A follow up post on auto-publishing to social networks vs manually sharing to social networks.
In all honesty, taking the time to manually share as opposed to auto-sharing gained me nothing in the way of views. I did however learn to use the auto share more effectively by manually filling in what it shares. Give the auto share a better custom message with hash tags included and it makes as much of a difference as manually sharing each post. It just takes less time to do.
I also learned that Tumblr does not show images from my site in its preview posts of my site, it only shows images hot linked from Flickr into my post. Not really an issue, I do not host many images on my site. I can just hot link all images from Flickr from now on.
Linked In’s removal
I do not like Linked In. I never have. A few weeks ago, my opinion was cemented. So my current day jobs address gets emails every few days from people who have my address set to connect with them. My personal email address was signed up to Linked In and got bombed with dozens of different email subscriptions it added me to. After the third series of emails I unsubscribed from telling me about who has posted, who is logged in, who has gone to toilet in corporate privvy, I had to log in and uncheck several email lists I was on. I find the email spaming obnoxious and invasive.
What I found even more invasive was the connections. Linked In wants to connect the world. It found and added my day jobs managing director as connection to spam my name too. It connected us by me adding my works email to my phone for a day and sending him an email. Linked In reads and connects everything. Feck that. I should hope Linked In is a top place to find new jobs, because if you announce your intentions of looking for a new job or going freelance and it connects you to your boss, you will need that new job.
My account at current is deleted. I may revisit Linked In some day, but I would keep it isolated on a spare mobile phone, and not use it before I manage to make myself self employed.