Facebook OpenGraph Error - Extraneous Property: Objects of this type do not allow properties named

When I used Facebook's Debugger (Linter) to peek at how Facebook parses the advanced OpenGraph data I had included, I was greeted by errors like:

Extraneous Property: Objects of this type do not allow properties named 'og:longitude'.
Extraneous Property: Objects of this type do not allow properties named 'og:latitude'.



Admins And App ID Missing: fb:admins and fb:app_id tags are missing. These tags are necessary for Facebook to render a News Feed story that generates a high clickthrough rate.


And perhaps most frustrating, even though I had clearly set:

Meta Tag: <meta property="og:type" content="restaurant" />


In spite of the Debugger reading that in, it ignored it and still set og:type to website:

og:type: website


And I was not the only one who had run into something similar.  A bunch of folks had posted similar issues on StackOverflow and elsewhere.  Some answers focused on adding the fb:app_id - which is a good idea, but does not solve the og:type and extraneous property issues.

Worst of all, the examples I had modeled my meta tags after came directly from Facebook's OpenGraph documentation.  Finally, I came across a Facebook documentation page listing the Built-in Object Types.  The listed types did not correspond at all to the types I had seen listed before (which included og:type restaurant and og:type product, hotel, activity, landmark, etc., etc.

Here is the full error listing:


Turns out, in September 2011 Facebook revamped their OpenGraph implementation and wiped out the old pre-built types.  They were replaced with the new "Built-in Object Types" and for any others you could build your own custom objects and actions for your app.  There is a video by Facebook explaining it all from a high-level.

I noticed later, the original documentation page I had found was actually (inconspicuously) listed under "Archived" documentation - would have been nice to make it a bit more obvious!

In short, here is what it means for your website:

  1. You must use one of the new Built-in Object Types (or create your own custom object types)
  2. It is a good idea to define your fb:app_id meta tag as Facebook now links everything back to apps and profile pages.

Facebook like button image from flickr courtesy of Sean MacEntee.

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