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The title looks weird, "history - Who is...". Given that it's going to Facebook, the chances of it being farmed would be pretty low (I only have 71 "friends"), and it reads really weirdly.

Should the Facebook Share titles be changed back to the normal, un-adultered titles?

For the record, I know why the titles have been mangled in such a way, and it makes sense for the people who are farming content from the Internet, but it's not a great look when you actually want to share the content.

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Incidentally, when you share a link on Facebook, you have the ability to edit the title and description before hitting the "Share Link" button. credit to @msh210 – HodofHod Feb 13 '13 at 17:47
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That is not from us sending it to Facebook -- AFAIK that is from Facebook deciding on its own to use the <title> tag on the question.

We definitely don't send that.

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I know that you can specify facebook-specific meta-tags in the page documents - - might be worth a look. Although to be honest, this is the first time I've ever felt inclined to use the facebook integration, so whether it's worth it or not depends on how many people are using it I guess. – Mark Henderson May 18 '11 at 3:49
According to Facebook's debugger, StackExchange is not specifying OpenGraph values for title, description, and image. So Facebook just takes what's available. – HodofHod Feb 13 '13 at 17:19
@HodofHod correct, because we didn't want to bloat every page with three extra headers that are useful 0.01% of the time. – Jeff Atwood Feb 13 '13 at 19:43
@Jeff, That makes sense, but I was under the impression that sites can change their content based on the user agent (…). Is this impractical here? – HodofHod Feb 13 '13 at 19:59

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