Hey thanks Joe. I haven't tried moving the side bar content down yet, but I took a crack at the metadata to see how it works. This is the first time I've attempted to use the mojoPortal custom metadata, so please bear with me if I missed something. According to the AddThis Optimize Facebook Sharing page, they recommend using Facebook Open Graph metadata. I tried to set up the "og:title" and "og:description" tags through custom metadata. I was successful in getting the metadata to populate in the page source, but the metadata renders with a name tag as:
<meta name="og:description" content="This is my blog post" />
According to Facebook's documentation, it should be a property tag like this:
<meta property="og:description" content="This is my blog post" />
So custom metadata won't work as it stands now. But beyond this difficulty, it's clear to me after going through this that manually adding and populating custom metadata fields on every blog post is going to be a total non-starter from a usability perspective.
So, to get around this, assuming the "Hide AddThis Button" option is unchecked in blog settings, how feasible would it be to automatically populate an og:description metadata field containing the blog entry excerpt? I'd suggest allowing users to directly enter key OpenGraph fields within the blog post itself, for things like the image, but I know that's a lot of work and don't know if it's worth it. How popular is this OpenGraph protocol anyway, and is anyone but Facebook using it? I did see one post about OpenGraph here back in July, but there was no follow-up to your response... If they had tried to use custom metadata for it as you suggested, I think they would have hit the same issue I did.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Joe! As always I really appreciate your help.