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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:

http://www.tuttonotizie.info/notizie1/ultime-notizie-di/politica/25340-borghi-ai-sindaci-protagonisti-nel-processo-di-nascita-delle-unioni.html

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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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.

https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/opengraph/object-type/article

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 If meta name author is obsolete why Facebook supports it in that way?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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