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In some Facebook posts I see the author of the page, beyond the title and description. For example, in the image below is the string "Di Redazione":

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Looking at the source code of the page:


I have seen that the author it is written with the string:

<meta name="author" content="Redazione" />

Is this the correct way to do this, or is there some other way? Searching Google didn't provide a thorough enough answer.

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Cross-post on Stack Overflow. – unor Jul 24 '14 at 11:51
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I think best practise would be to use the open graph tag 'article:author', which links to your facebook profile. This is how Facebook ask you to declare an author.


Generally, when you use the Open Graph Debugger, warning messages are along the lines of "The 'og:NAME' property should be explicitly provided, even if a value can be inferred from other tags.".

I imagine this is the same for the author tag - they will use the old meta name=author if they cannot find their own tag.

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Yes, but the article:author doesn't work as the image above, it adds a link to follow the author of the article. If meta name author is obsolete why Facebook supports it in that way? – fas Jul 23 '14 at 14:15
It's not actually an obsolete tag, but I'm surprised Facebook don't appear to mention using it. – Richard B Jul 24 '14 at 9:21
So it is right to use it to achieve the result in the image above? – fas Jul 24 '14 at 9:28
It certainly works (for a short name, anyway), as I've done it that way myself, and it is a good idea to have that meta tag on your site regardless. As Facebook don't seem to promote it anywhere, or offer an exact OG alternative, I would question how long it is likely to remain a feature, however. – Richard B Jul 24 '14 at 9:40

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