What do we think of the image/pic that is the thumbnail when one links to a MN thread?

(16 Posts)
BooItTooJulia Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:07

I'm not keen, anyone else?

It's a pregnant lady with plaited pigtails and glass of water.

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 19:46:54

I prefer her to Spaghetti Dog, but not keen on any of the pictures.

BooItTooJulia Sun 13-Oct-13 19:47:47

Wtf is spaghetti dog?

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 19:50:43

Hover over 'Food' up there ^

BooItTooJulia Sun 13-Oct-13 19:53:04

Oh crikey. That's defo worse.

Eugh.

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 19:56:33

I wonder why Pregnant Pigtail Lady has a mouthful of water?

TEErickOrTEEreat Sun 13-Oct-13 19:57:31

You mean on Facebook? I can choose what image I want.

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 20:01:05

I know nothing of FB.

AmandinePoulain Sun 13-Oct-13 20:02:27

I don't like it. What's wrong with just using the mn logo?

BooItTooJulia Sun 13-Oct-13 20:03:36

I have never actually linked to a thread my self, but when others do, it's always her. Makes me cringe.

Ferguson Sun 13-Oct-13 22:24:31

Thank you, ladies, for drawing my attention to them, as I hadn't seen them before and previously had only clicked on "Talk" (though the pregnant one has inadvertently popped up sometimes.)

Now you point them out to me, I find them mildly amusing. It's Logos that jump around or twizzle, on sites, that I hate.

(Spell check doesn't like 'twizzle' but Collins Dictionary is happy - says it's a noun or intransitive verb : twist, or spin.)

BerstieSpotts Sun 13-Oct-13 22:30:59

I get a girl pulling her hair out over homework.

This is a facebook issue, not a mumsnet one. The code pulls what it thinks is the main image off the page. It doesn't work well for mumsnet because it's a discussion forum, but most things people link on facebook will be more standard article type things - a news article with a picture, a recipe, a review of a product, etc. For those sites it wouldn't work to have the site logo because that usually has nothing to do with the actual content of the page.

As others have said you can choose the picture to use when posting a link, this usually gives you a choice of all images on the page. (if you post a link in a comment though, it doesn't)

BooItTooJulia Mon 14-Oct-13 07:58:32

That's all very well and good Berstie, but it make mumsnet look cheap and tacky. They must be able to control what images accompany their website where. Surely?

BerstieSpotts Mon 14-Oct-13 08:21:44

Well they can control the images that appear on their own site, of course, but they can't control which of those images a piece of computer code chooses as most appropriate - a computer, not a person.

Clearly MN don't think the picture is tacky or they wouldn't have used it. Usually it's not relevant to the thread topic, but that's what happens when you use code designed to pull images from articles on a discussion forum instead.

Once something is open on the web nobody can control where it ends up or which pictures people use to accompany it.

BooItTooJulia Mon 14-Oct-13 09:04:36

Well, tacky is definitely a matter of opinion. Hence canvassing for them....

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Oct-13 15:37:55

Hi all,

Thanks for the feedback, THIS IS A TEST we will take a look into it.

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