Here is my prediction/request for Facebook: Move to Pinterest-styled photo sharing.
That is, when you share a link on your Wall, you’ll have the option to select a photo to “share full image” instead of displaying just a thumbnail.
This should drive up directed traffic overall, because readers respond more to “wow” images, and circumvents the need to download that photo and in order to share that photo as a full-sized image, and still have to link to the page.
So the photo also will have to link to the source site. It could still retain the headline and the text grab, like shared links currently do.
But we won’t have to squint to look at that tiny thumbnail anymore, or feel photo envy when our itsy-bitsy shared links are crowded out by LOLcats or George Takei on reader’s Walls. (George Takei, by the way, deserves a medal for making the Internet laugh every day…)
Make it happen, Facebook.
– Ben Young Landis