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Needle felted whale

Hi everyone! Here is the latest addition to my shop, an adorable needle felted whale. He is available in the shop now along with my other needle felted animals! Details are below the images.

I really loved making this little guy. I didn’t have a plan in mind, I just started making! Somewhere in the back of my mind was a note reminding me that I wanted to try needle felting a whale at some point, and so I guess that’s why he emerged!

I really love this colour wool too. It’s actually described as “Peacock Green” by the seller, but it looks so blue to me :D I used it for 2 of the stars I made in a commission for my friend. I mean, I really love blue, but this shade is just sooo nice!

I hope you all like the whale. I should probably give him a name! How about Beamer, because he’s really beaming at everyone with happiness.

 

Needle felted whale details

Needle felted whale collectible, made from 100% wool in the UK.

He is, of course, a blue whale and I find him so cute (I may be biased though!). This needle felted whale has large eyes in a cartoony style, a large smile and is even blushing in his happiness. He is a firm needle felt, but his texture is soft. Turn him over and you’ll see he has a typical white belly!

Any home would look great with the addition of a needle felted whale, so why not this guy? :D Great as a gift for a friend too!

DETAILS
Measurements :
Length : 9cm / 3.5 inches
Width: 6.6cm / 2.6 inches
Height: 2.5cm / 1 inch

Materials:
• Dyed New Zealand wools
• Black Shetland wool tops
• Ile de France wool

Not intended for children or pets.

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Twitter link preview has old Etsy product images fixed

Hi guys! I ran into a problem on Twitter today. I updated most of my product images yesterday, but the Twitter link preview card that appears when you post on Twitter was still showing my old one. Frustrating!

However, as with the Facebook Etsy shop announcement cache issue, there is a simply solution. And this one is even quicker than the solution for the Facebook issue.

Literally all you have to do is go to the Twitter Card validator, input your listing’s web address and click the “Preview Card” button. Voila! Problem solved :D Go back to your tweet that was showing the old photo and press Ctrl+F5 (this reloads the page and gets new copies of everything from that page in case your computer had stored a cached copy). You should now see the new photo!

 

Screenshot of a refreshed Twitter link preview using the Twitter Card Validator tool
Screenshot of a refreshed link preview using the Twitter Card Validator tool

 

Why does the Twitter link preview not show new content?

When sites like Facebook and Twitter show these previews of the linked page, they aren’t just linking to the image from the site, e.g. the image on Etsy’s servers. They actually store a copy of the preview image and text on their own servers, so that they can rely on the speed of their own servers to load them up to viewers, who are essentially their customers.

These stored copies are known as a cache and will have a set time in which they expire. Until that expiry date/time is hit, they will not even look at the page for fresh content. This is a very standard practice in the computing world, since it uses a lot of valuable server resource to go and fetch these images and text extracts every time someone links to something.

The problem is that although these caches do expire, in some cases they do not expire at a time convenient to us and our new content. In all honesty I’m surprised and impressed that Facebook and Etsy have a way to override this cache, since it could be used maliciously to overload servers (though I assume at some point it will complain at you for using the tool too often).

I hope that other Etsy sellers see this post and my previous post and that it has helped someone! I have a degree in Computer Science and these sorts of issues still frustrate me. Even more so, finding the right page to overcome this caching issue was only possible for me because I knew the technical jargon to use in my search.

If this has helped you, please leave a comment below so that I know! ♥