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WordPress.com, Please Stop Using Snap Preview

Snap Preview Anywhere ExampleIt appeared that without warning, and blogs have been hit with one of the new blights on the web: Snap Preview Anywhere.

Planet Mike just pointed out that my blog is now littered with Snap Preview Anywhere link page previews. When you hover over any link on my site, it loads a preview of that site in a small pop-up window.

To explain how I feel about this feature, I’m going to start with Mike’s words:

I have stumbled across several sites that are using this technology, and I find it distracting. I’m reading through a page, I scroll down and the mouse randomly ends up over a link. Poof! a pop-up window appears, and I’m looking at the preview of that linked page. It is quite distracting, partially because the preview is slow to load, and partially because something is happening on the web page that I’m not expecting. I’m not expecting anything because I’m not doing anything to cause something to happen. Simply moving my mouse and not clicking should not cause something to happen. The behavior is very similar to pop-up ads.

His last statement sums up my feelings about this beautifully.

I’ve also stumbled across these link previews and find them not just annoying and distracting but incredibly frustrating. My mouse will drift down as I’m reading and suddenly I can’t read what’s underneath the pop-up window. I move my mouse and it goes away, but why should I waste my wrist action on something I don’t want to see?

The technology loads more javascripts onto my page, affecting loading times. The scripts are loaded from offsite locations, not onsite, slowing down loading times as the script must travel farther. I’m now on satellite access so every click of the bandwidth meter counts. My experiences lately with very LONG page loads of my site now have some justification with the increase in javascript scripts and load times.

Personally, I consider these Snap Previews a blight on the web. If you are using them, you are introducing a non-accessibility feature to your site that slows your site down and increases the bandwidth on the web as well as on your site. You are actually hindering your users.

Think this gimmick through, folks. Do you really need this bell and whistle on your blog? It’s a nice gimmick, but if you have given people enough information about the link you are offering, isn’t that enough? Do they really need to see a tiny thumbnail view of the page they might visit? You can’t read the text, so what will a little picture tell you? It’s a pretty site, so make sure and visit it? Some of the most valuable sites I’ve found on the web are not pretty.

For web users who are visually impaired or physically challenged, the Snap Preview feature interferes with their viewing process. I have visually impaired friends who simply enlarge the font size to the equivalent of 72 points in order to read each letter of a word with their narrow vision, and when the link preview pops up, they don’t know what they are looking at because they cannot see the edges. They think they are looking at a picture on the site.

Snap Preview covers textOne nearly blind friend told me of her horrible first encounter with the Snap Preview. She uses her mouse to track what she is reading, moving it along with every word she slowly reads. She refuses to be “read to” by the Internet, wanting to use her eyes to the very last moment she can. When her mouse moved over the link, it became a graphic. Because it was out of her small circle of vision, when she got to it, she thought it was a graphic so scrolled down to the next line to read, thinking the text would wrap around the image as usual. It didn’t. She moved away before seeing the pop-up window go away and was totally lost in the content and confused. She went back up and experienced the same thing again. She finally closed the page, thinking it was a mistake on the part of the writer who put a graphic over their text and never got the point of the page she was reading.

When this first came out, I heard from another friend who is wheelchair bound with limited arm and hand motion. His frustration came from having to push the mouse around to avoid the link pop-up windows, often pushing the mouse beyond his limited reach in order to read the content.

While this might not impact you, statistics report a conservative estimate of 25% of web users are visually and physically handicapped. There are no warnings that these sites use Snap Preview, so they pop up on your screen and startle you. If there was a warning, it might change how people view and interact with the page. Is this what you want?

If you want to have your site meet accessibility and web standards, this gimmick doesn’t help, but it certainly does hurt.

There’s a small author-part of me that hopes what I write resembles some action-packed-page-turning-thriller and that people are glued to their screens eagerly embracing every word I write. I’d hate to have that experience be interrupted by an annoying pop-up window of any kind. Destroys the interaction of the reader with the written word, doesn’t it?

This reminds me of those nasty pop-up link ads where keywords are turned into links which will take you to advertising commercial sites instead of honest informative content. At least those have the decency to make their links be double underlined so you “know” this is an ad so you don’t have to click it.

As for WordPress.com developers and support, they are currently offline for the holidays, so I’m making my complaint public:

Please, please, turn off this annoying link preview feature and save it for those who want gimmicks on their own full version sites. At a minimum, allow us to turn the nasty thing off.

Apologies to My Readers

I’d also like to apologize to my readers for this unwanted and unchosen feature. I cannot install WordPress Plugins or Javascripts on this blog. I have no control over anything but the look and content, and the occasional WordPress.com Sidebar Widget. I did not install this and don’t want it, and I’m sorry if it frustrates you as much as it frustrates me.

As for other WordPress.com bloggers, if you are also unhappy with this feature, let them know, publicly or privately. If you like it, let me know why as I find little value in this.

And thanks for the heads up, Mike.

Stopping Snap Preview on Your WordPress.com Blog

Mark of WordPress.com pointed out that the Snap Preview feature was just announced and that there is an option to turn it off.

Not all blogs have it, and according to the comments on the announcement, those who do have it may not see the following instructions “yet” on their WordPress Administration Panels. This feature is still being tested, so make your views known.

To activate or remove and stop Snap Preview Feature in WordPress.com blogsTo activate or remove the Snap Preview feature, go to Presentation > Extras and uncheck the Snap Preview feature box to remove it. To turn it back on, check the box. Then click Update.

As a note to WordPress.com developers and users, after disabling Snap Preview, my site’s web page loading speed increased several fold.

From what I’m reading in the announcement comments, people into gimmicks and bells and whistles on their blogs are thinking this is a cool feature. Some even think that it may encourage people to visit the links. Maybe, but I’m a basic user and representative of web site visitors around the world and I’m not motivated by a little thumbnail unless the content around the link motivates me to click it. Then I will click it so fast, the javascript doesn’t have time to load and pop-up.

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that you can turn off Snap Preview Anywhere by visiting their site and “opting out”. Then, when you browse the web, anywhere Snap Preview exists, you will not see it. This is crap.

One, why should I send my precious time, energy, and traffic count to a website that creates something I don’t like in order to turn it off?

Two, how do they turn it off for “only me”? By collecting my IP address or other information that designates who I am on the web? My IP address changes all the time as I travel so much, hooking up through various Internet access points as I find them. So what information are they collecting that designates who I am when I’m on the web? Whatever it is, I probably don’t want them to have it. Do you? Still, why should I hand over my information in order to not get what I don’t want in the first place?

Three, this reminds me of the crap in the US years ago when they created the “opt-out list” for telemarketing phone calls. If you didn’t want someone to call you at nine at night to try to sell you something you never wanted in the first place, you had to sign up on a list that supposedly the telemarketers would check to verify you were on the list so they wouldn’t call you. Does that sound as stupid as it was? It didn’t work.

The best way to handle these things, if there is to be a “opt-out or opt-in” issue, is to allow those who want the gimmick to sign up to get the gimmick. Then the gimmickers/spammers/telemarketers/junk mail senders/etc. could ONLY use that list and not any other communication resource list. Let me tell you I want it, don’t assume I want it and then force me to jump through hoops in order to get out of it.

That’s good customer service.


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105 Comments

  1. Posted December 29, 2006 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s not all blogs, it’s about 10%
    You can disable it.
    Feedback is asked for.
    And it was blogged here: http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/12/29/snap-to-it/

  2. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you, i think it’s an irrating feature. Maybe i am one of the few people who visit a site because of the content and not how it looks like. I follow a link because the text triggers me and the little popup annoys me.

  3. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    When it first came out, I thought this might be a cool little too. Now, as more people are using it, I’m finding it to be a major distraction to reading a page.

    My advice is that if you are going to use it, make the number of links on a pager very limited. Better yet, don’t use it at all.

  4. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    It’s not often I agree with you completely Lorelle, but in this case I most certainly do. Hate Snap Preview as is, and see little point on it, it’ll not be going anywhere close to any of my sites for some time to come, and although I don’t use it, I’ll be making sure it’s not on on my WP.com blog as well.

    Just. No, it’s too bad a feature to even critique it any more than you have done, and for that I thank you.

  5. Mike
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    You should rethink this decision in terms of the “services offered” to your audience. If you do not offer Snap Preview on your site it becomes at least for me less attractive. Ok, you have links for indepth information on your site. But the work for compiling this information is now put partly on a dead end.

    With Snap Preview I was able to pre-check the link and could make my OWN informed (ok, “better informed”) decision to go or not to go to the site. Let me give an example. Your post contains around 20 links. Some of them look very promising. But I have not the time to click on every link to see what is behind what could be of interest for me. Actually the only way to get more information on what is behind this link is to check the presented URL at the bottom of the browser.

    Maybe your site’s web page for loading speed increased several fold. But that is NOT THE RIGHT QUESTION. You have decreased my speed for getting all relevant information on your post. I got even the feeling that I could have missed something important in the information environment around your post. This is for me the main argument why things like Snap Preview are not a gimmick but a step forward to a new service dimension for me as a reader. For me there is no relation to pop-ups and other push-marketing things.

    I fully understand your concerns about the usability for visually and physically handicapped. This needs more thinking and research. But simply reducing the service for other readers could not be the solution.

    Enough arguments for rethinking your decision? Thank you very much for your high quality information on “Lorelle on WordPress” over the last years and have a happy new year!

  6. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Mike, you make a good point, but the point is a narrow one. Your “visual check” using Snap Preview is a visual one. It doesn’t tell you anything about the content or whether or not it’s worth clicking, does it? It simply shows you a thumbnail of the top part of the page and if the blog features a huge header graphic, like Matt Mullenweg does, all you see is the header graphic and not the content.

    While a picture is worth a thousand words, on the web, pretty don’t count for much. Readability, content, link resources, and a whole lot more adds up to worth and this gimmick doesn’t give you any score card to measure a site’s value. If it did, then they’d have something worth considering, but I still wouldn’t need a picture of the site to tell me it’s worthy.

    If this bell and whistle does anything “good” for readers, it lets you know if the page is “found” and the link is good. Otherwise, the reader would see a page not found error or something similar. That would save time.

  7. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Ok, you have links for indepth information on your site. But the work for compiling this information is now put partly on a dead end.

    Sorry, I missed this point on the first read.

    How do you equal a visual “picture” of a link with indepth links like my manually produced related articles section of links? The two are completely separate issues. Snap Preview does not add links to my article content. It only shows previews of the links included. I still have to manually add these related link lists as WordPress.com blogs don’t include any widgets for related posts within the content area, only the sidebar.

    I just wanted to clear that up. If Snap Preview really added something to my blog, I’d be happier, but I haven’t found any benefit yet.

  8. Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    You may disable it: when it appears click on “disable Snap Preview Anywhere™”…

  9. Posted December 29, 2006 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    like matGB said, it’s not often that i agree with you this wholeheartedly. thank you for posting this so explicitly.

  10. Crazy Chris
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Well guys it’s not really a “pop-up” if you think about it, it’s more along the lines of a “Fancy Tooltip” like many plugins made for WordPress for better tool tips which display alt or title text when hovering over something. But with those you can control which links or images have the feature.

    The developer of the plugin should offer a quick button in the WP editor to add that class to a link when you want it this way we have more control.

    That should keep the complaining down no?

    Can you dig it?

  11. Posted December 29, 2006 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Darren Rowse had an interesting article on this over at ProBlogger a couple of weeks back, you might want to check it out.
    http://tinyurl.com/yxvp56

  12. Posted December 29, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    And I see that Darren has disabled this feature, too.

  13. Alien Squirrel
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s attraction varies depending on the type of blog and the audience. For a blog like this, and for any tech-related blog in general, I tend to agree that it’s probably inappropriate. But for the blog I’m planning, which will be much more playful, I think it is appropriate and I plan to use it. I think in this case my projected audience will enjoy it.

    I’m usually MUCH more bothered by flash, animated gifs, scrolling banners, or anything else on a website that oozes across my screen. I have Adblock and Flashblock extensions activated, and my basic approach is: If it moves, it has to go away.

    Actually, Snap Preview is a good deal more adjustable than most users realize. Not only can you turn it on and off globally, it’s also possible to activate it or deactivate it for individual links. My inclination is to activate for sidebar links but NOT for links within text, which would solve the problem your vision-impaired friend had.

  14. lotaenterprises
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    good post. i read the comments on the wordpress.com blog and i was shocked that so many people were in favor of it. i just really found it annoying and i don’t see what purpose it serves. seeing a thumbnail of the website isn’t going to make me open it anymore than just coming across a link in the text.

  15. Alien Squirrel
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Yikes. I just came across something called “MyBlogLog ClickTagging” which pops up the message — complete with its own logo above it — that I’m hovering over the “7th most popular outgoing link.” Now THAT’S idiotically useless.

  16. Posted December 29, 2006 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Great argument, I have as of now disabled SNAP. Its not worth the long page-loading

  17. Posted December 29, 2006 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I don’t mind it being there, but turn it off by default and let the users turn it on manually. Most blogs I’ve seen that use Snap end up turning it off because users hate it…

    now if they’d include a MyBlogLog sidebar widget…

  18. Posted December 29, 2006 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I get pop-ups like these on webpages occasionally when I am googling something, but they are adds, not link previews, to me.

  19. Posted December 29, 2006 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Snap preview definitely has its uses. On my website, we have a page that promotes our Top 10 sites (can see it at agridwork.com/?page=top) and its nice to have an easy way to display a screenshot of these sites. However, I do agree that many blogs overdue it.

  20. Posted December 29, 2006 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I like Snap Preview and put it on my blog for a few days. My readers did not like it. Many of my readers are not “geeks” and didn’t understand it. In fact one reader told me she thought she had some kind of malware/spyware on her computer. I removed it even though I think it’s a nice feature.

    I’m curious about your statement that 25% of web users are handicapped. While at the same time saying “this might not impact you.” Doesn’t your statement mean that at least 25% of your readers are handicapped? Where did you get this information, do you have a link? A quick check of Wikipedia says that 90% of all blindness is in developing countries. They are probably not daily web surfers. Probably spending most of their time working or looking for something to eat. Wikipedia also says that 70% of legally blind persons do not use computers. Please explain the statement that 25% of web users are handicapped.

  21. billg
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the explanation. I don’t use wordpress.com, but I’ve been wondering what was going on. I figured it was some kind of annoying new advertising scheme.

    For the record, when one of these things pops up, I leave the site immediately without following the link. That would seem to contradict its intended attractiveness.

    WordPress.com users ought to be offered this as an opt-in choice, not forced to accept it until they opt out.

  22. Posted December 29, 2006 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I agree that Snap Preview is annoying. I would prefer something simpler which just shows, maybe via a small icon next to the link, whether the link is broken or not. It would be nice not to have to click on a link to find out it is 404.

  23. Posted December 29, 2006 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

    I tried this out on my blog when it first came out. I initially thought it was cool, but then I had difficulty turning it off for internal links and only using it for external links. Then I tried reading my pages with it and quickly realized that it could be extremely distracting, so I removed it a couple hours later.

    The company behind this recently emailed me to ask why I wasn’t using it. I never bothered to reply.

    Hopefully they will read this.

  24. Posted December 29, 2006 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, I think you should tell us how you really feel. ;)

    As you already noted, you can turn it off for your blog, and there’s also a link on the Snap site to turn it off for every site you ever visit on the web, so even if a site has it enabled you won’t see it. Also notice that we’re testing this feature, and based on feedback we’ll shape how and if we roll it out for real.

    I’ll look into the load times, but with the profiling in Firebug Snap doesn’t seem to account for any major difference in your load times, certainly not several times. Your page does load fairly slowly, but it seems to be related to the multitude of images more than anything else. As you said, each request causes latency and for some things, like the 8 translation button images, they might be served just as well with text and save everyone’s browser 8 round trips to the server.

  25. Posted December 29, 2006 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    By the way, one of the reasons you were in the beta group is because you always give lots of thoughtful feedback, so thanks for taking the time to write this entry.

  26. Posted December 29, 2006 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m grateful that you don’t like Snap. I don’t like it either, why oh why does wordpress.com implement this feature?

  27. Posted December 30, 2006 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    They should move it from the dashboard. Anyone must know for themselves if they integrate snap. But i think WordPress is going a bit too far with making an extra option in the adminpanel and integrate it.

    Regards

  28. Posted December 30, 2006 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I mean.. where will it end? Why not let Snap provide a nice plugin like others do. I tried it some time ago. No specific problems with load time.. but with validation at w3c.

  29. Posted December 30, 2006 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Just click this link and Disable Snap Preview for any website that uses this plugin. Moreover you can enable it again ;)

  30. Posted December 30, 2006 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Great thoughts Lorelle.

    I’ve been to a few sites that use this feature, and I really find it annoying too – I’m there to read content on the page, and this preview thing was really distracting.

    On my own blog site, I’ve already had enough external javascripts to slow my page load time (like StatCounter and Google Ads) – so adding another one doesn’t sound right too.

    I guess if the blog author really wanted a screenshot of a page, he would have done it and made it an image :)

    Actually, I remember there is one ad system that does something like that too (only that it pops up an ad instead of the preview of the page), and that was quite popular in forums!

  31. Beth
    Posted December 30, 2006 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    A well thought out post, as always, and far better than my own whinges about this horrible “feature”. SPA is immensely distracting and very slow – and so unnecessary. As far as I can see, it offers no useful functionality whatsoever.

    Unfortunately, although it has been imposed on my own blogs, the Extras menu has not been provided on any of them, and I simply cannot turn SPA off.

    What makes me really mad is that this “feature” was unleashed, with no notification to the subjects of the test – who are then asked for feedback when the feedback mechanism is turned off!

    O.K. I can (and certainly have) disabled SPA on own machine and no longer have to be irritated by it. But I’m madder than hell that I can’t give my readers the choice of opting in to something that (in my opinion) only a small minority of naive users might wish to see/use, rather than troubling the savvy majority to go opt out. I know my readers – this is likely to annoy them to the extent of disappearing altogether – especially as the opt out mechanism requires the use of cookies

    I feel completely let down by WordPress – for the first time ever.

  32. Posted December 30, 2006 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle.

    I too have this silly thing on my website. I liked it initially, but now after reading your experience with it, I think I’ll remove it. Since I host my blog independently, I’ll just have to remove the extra JavaScript that I recently added to my template.

  33. Posted December 30, 2006 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks All,

    I’m new to designing websites and I thought that Snap was interesting for the audience I was looking to attract. The more I read between pros and cons I have to say the cons have won me over. At first I thought that the cons simply spoke for the geeks of simplicity and elegance – then I realized that even the naive like me would find Snap annoying and frustrating. So I will do the right thing and remove it from my site. Thanks for the clear thinking and statements of experience.

  34. Posted December 30, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    It makes sense for outgoing links in a blogroll or delicious scrape, but for internal links it’s annoying. There probably isn’t an easy way to apply it only desired sections.

  35. Posted December 30, 2006 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Yet one more reason why you should host your own blog. Using WordPress is, IMHO, the best blogging platform… but you are officially ‘stuck’ with decisions someone else is making about your brand. Additionally, should WordPress.com somehow lose it’s growth, stability, impact, etc., you are stuck with them since every search engine has ranked you associated with ‘lorelle.wordpress.com’.

    I was a blogger guy at first… but quickly moved to my own domain and hosted account when I saw the writing on the wall.

    Regards,
    Doug

  36. Posted December 30, 2006 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I want to know when accessibility went back out of fashion. Things were good for a while when everyone switched from tables to CSS and realised that popup windows and target="_blank" were stupid, but now javascript is trendy again it seems accessibility no longer is. Ditto caring about people on dialup. I don’t mind WP enabling the stupid little doodads for the sheep that really want it (they’ll get bored of it in a couple of months anyway), but, as I said on the news blog, it needs to be an opt-in-once feature rather than an opt-out-twice (or multiple times, if you’re on multiple computers) one.

    I also don’t see that Matt’s in a position to make cracks about the unnecessary images causing your slow load times, seeing as he’s the guy with the 150kb header…

  37. Posted December 30, 2006 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Doug: I believe WordPress.com will be “around” for a while and I have several other full version blogs with high page rank that keep me going. This blog was one of the first experimental blogs on WordPress.com and it’s part of my work to maintain it, reporting on bugs and helping the support crew trouble shoot.

    WordPress is very important to me in so many ways, allowing me the freedom to concentrate on my writing free from the stress load of maintaining a website. This blog is my way of giving back to the community that has given me so very, very, very much.

    That girl again: Matt and other members of the WordPress.com team think long and hard about any element that add or subtract to WordPress.com. There are a LOT of young, gimmick-loving bloggers here who have been requesting Snap Preview, I’m sure. They brought it online as a small test. Normally, I would have let them know about this privately, as part of my reporting on bugs and concerns, but feedback support was closed for the holidays and this feature is one that is high on my annoying list on all sites, so I brought it up publicly. From the response, I’m glad that I’ve helped others take another look at this feature to see if it will really work for them, or against them.

    As for accessibility, web designers need to NEVER forget their audience, whether they are blind, healthy, young, old, or using bizarre browsers. It’s always top on my list.

    As for Matt’s comment, I’ve hated those icons since I put them on, but they serve as an example for several how to articles that remain very popular. I will be writing a little more about them, and then they are gone. I really can’t stand them, so he was picking on me as a friendly stab since he knows I’m a hater of gimmicks and blog bling. Thanks for defending me, though.

  38. Josie
    Posted December 30, 2006 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I tried it when it first came out and kept it on my site for lessa than a half an hour.I found it incredibly annoying and knew others would too.

  39. Posted December 31, 2006 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    The new feature just simply annoying! I have no other words to describe it.

  40. Posted December 31, 2006 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Mark Jaquith of WordPress.com pointed out that the Snap Preview feature was just announced and that there is an option to turn it off.

    mark.wordpress.com is the Automattic employee formerly known as Podz, the one who posted the first comment. markjaquith.wordpress.com is me, not an Automattic employee, and not associated with WordPress.com beyond indirect influence as a WordPress developer.

  41. Posted December 31, 2006 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Dang! I was sure your brilliance had been scooped up. Thanks for clearing this up.

  42. Posted January 1, 2007 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I just installed Snap Preview this week, then I read your entry…it is now disabled. You raised extremely valid points I had not thought of, and it is now gone. Thanks!

  43. optimiced
    Posted January 2, 2007 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Snap Preview ISN’T NICE and I agree with you on that!

    Websites that started using it are more difficult to read because of that…

    It’s good that it’s optional and you can disable it on your blog:)

  44. Posted January 5, 2007 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ll admit that initially I thought it was a good idea. I saw it on someother people’s blogs and I thought it was a cool idea. I’m all about inovation. However, if it’s going to cause problems for people, especially people with handicaps then it’s just overkill.

    I like to be inovative, but not at the expense of others.

  45. Posted January 5, 2007 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    I was actually going to install this feature until I was directed by this article by a friend on the web standards group mailing list.

    I do not think many people actually visit my site but the little that do, I do not want them to be thrown off it by a distracting feature. I think it is a cool feature that if it could be used properly, it may be a great asset to the website.

  46. Posted January 5, 2007 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I recently added this feature to my photographic article site, I use it very sparingly, only activating it on internal links to the articles themselves.
    Out articles contain photos so a preview in this case does (I feel) help people decide if the article is for them.
    The customer is always right however so we will be asking our community how they feel about the feature and react accordingly.

  47. Posted January 5, 2007 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    I was actually going to install this feature until I was directed by this article and the accessible problems by the web standards group mailing list.

    However I do see the benefits of this feature but at the moment I will not be using it. btw I posted my views about Snap on my website.

  48. Posted January 7, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    It completely sucks.. Test it in several browsers.. and you will see. It also influences your template, site. I am sorry to say.

  49. Posted January 8, 2007 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Supposedly ‘Snaps’ are only enabled for external links (meaning those outside of your domain) by default. Their FAQ page tells you how you can have the SPAs enabled on a selective basis, using CSS selectors (http://www.snap.com/about/spa_faq.php#n).

  50. Posted January 9, 2007 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I think this is an excellent time to mention a FireFox extension called NoScript. It allows you to block all JavaScript except for JavaScript from the domains you don’t want to let through. In this instance, people who didn’t like Snap.com’s JavaScript popups would never allow Snap.com’s JavaScript to load. Voila! No more popups when visiting the blogs of people who haven’t turned it off!

  51. Posted January 9, 2007 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    @michaelper22

    But the javascript behaves strange.. just check with IE, FF and Opera and you see changes..

    and you can use those css selectors but than you could have the problem that a site does not validate against w3c.

    i like snap too, but with those things i only use it for fun at test places..

    screenshot opera, watch the footer links when hovering..

  52. Posted January 12, 2007 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the tips..
    i was just considering of placing snap preview on my site..
    but after reading this article..
    i guess not!
    thanks :D

  53. Posted January 13, 2007 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Exactly my feelings. I opened my blog and was caught completely off guard. Its something I always hated on webpages and now my blog proudly features it! Well…of course its not exactly my blog because it is hosted on WordPress, but still.

    Thank heavens the Presentation options allowed turning this off.

    Not only did it interfere in reading and is pathetically slow to load (besides serving no practical purpose), for me (on Firefox 2 and a 256k ADSL) it also refused to go away easily (not usually until it had had its way and loaded completely). How anyone could consider it cool is absolutely beyond me. Its ‘technologies’ like these that turn-off and intimidate relatively newcomers and causal users.

  54. Tami Blume
    Posted January 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    The preview feature is really helpful. There are several hundred comments of WP users asking for it on Matt’s blog. If the reader finds it annoying they can disable it on the options menu. But don’t kill it for those of us that like it!

  55. Posted January 13, 2007 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Tami: I’d like to know how Snap Preview is helpful. You need to be specific with me as I’m dense on this point.

    Serious bloggers and blog visitors are expressing a resounding dislike for this feature, so I believe that their voices will win out over the fans of gimmicks. At least I hope.

  56. Posted January 13, 2007 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Fortunately, I had read this post before I checked on another WP blog yesterday. Suddenly the snap had been installed on all WordPress blogs and turned on by default. I knew what it was and knew it could be turned off.

    I also left a note at Matt’s announcements blog.

    I really think that WP.com needs to consider usability and the bloggers and their readers first, before adding more gews-gaws. At least with themes, the blogger has the choice to enable or disable. This snappy thing was installed by default.

    My time, effort, and thought involved into communicating (and that of my readers) is worth more than the effort needed to correct somebody’s clique-centered, hey-we’re-cool assumptions.

    This approaches the ethically challenged action taken by another WPMU (daria.be) which one day decided to make all the private blogs publicly accessible (and did not inform the users).

  57. William
    Posted January 14, 2007 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle: Tami: I’d like to know how Snap Preview is helpful. You need to be specific with me as I’m dense on this point.

    Lorelle, I can’t speak for Tami, but I can tell you why I think Snap Preview is helpful. You state, “It doesn’t tell you anything about the content or whether or not it’s worth clicking”. Anything?

    While it is true I can’t read all the text on the destination page just from the preview, it isn’t fair to say that I can’t tell anything from the preview. I can get some sense of the site, for example a sense of it’s design sensibility. Many users decide whether they like a page with the first second or two (before hitting the back button if they don’t like it). This “quick reaction” to a page is made before most (if not all) of the text is read. I can get most of this “quick reaction” accomplished by looking at the preview–saving me the time of the click, pageload, evaluation and “back” click I may have gone through otherwise.

    So, yes, it is true that I can’t evaluate the page via a preview as thoroughly as I might if I clicked through to the site, but it simply isn’t true that I get no value from the preview.

    On the flip side, there are instances when seeing the preview entices me to click through to the site. You provide a perfect example on this page, with the link to Matt Mullenweg’s site. I’m not interested enough to click on that link. However, you could have allowed me to see just what you were trying to illustrate if you had previews activated. And there are certainly times when the preview contains enough information to entice me to click through.

    So, for me personally, I feel the previews give me enough information to help me make a more education decision on when to click through, and when not. Also I like the flexibility that is now available via the options in the preview bubble. I can turn the previews off globably, or for a specific site. I can also tweak how long I must hover over a link until the bubble pops up. I like it.

  58. leoville
    Posted January 14, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you…I know how bad this can be, but I like using it on my blog because I link a lot.

  59. Ahmet
    Posted January 15, 2007 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    thanks for the insight. i had installed this thing on my blog, but after trying out a bit and reading up on it, i decided to get rid of this thing, mostly because of the issues you’ve already mentioned.

  60. Posted January 15, 2007 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Good to know that at least one other blogger on the Web is sane. It’s almost as if people looked at IntelliTXT and said, “COOL! Let’s put this on ALL our links!”

  61. Posted January 19, 2007 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    I agree: snap sounds like that stupid card game. Put it on a web site and I’ll never again take that site seriously. OK, I can remove it from my site, and my computer, but if I use someone else’s computer and up snaps, then I’ll feel as if I was wearing someone else’s dirty underwear.

  62. Posted January 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Snap is a good example of something that’s done not because it’s needed or helps, but because it’s *possible*. A horrible, disruptive, negative feature – ugh!

  63. Posted January 24, 2007 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I agree. Snap Preview is obstructive to the users, especially partially sighted users. -1. I’ll be turning this feature off. I think wordpres.com users should have been able to opt-in to this “feature” rather having to opt-out.

  64. Joe B
    Posted January 27, 2007 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you should consider dishing out some dough and getting a host and hosting your WordPress so you can have full access to it. By the way, it’s free. I don’t think people who work hard to create this great tool appreciates ingrates who complain about getting free stuff. It’s sooooo simple. Don’t like it? Disable it.

  65. Posted January 30, 2007 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I only came across this “technology” today and have added it to my blog !

    I am now waiting for some reader feedback.

  66. Posted January 30, 2007 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    So they make me have to opt out? How do they track that, with cookies? So everytime I’m on a different computer or choose to clear out all my cookies (which I happen to do regularly), I have to go opt out again? Yikes! Until today, I thought I was the only one irritated by the snap previews I’ve been seeing.

  67. Posted February 4, 2007 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    “Two, how do they turn it off for “only me”?”

    It saves a cookie on your computer. I can’t speak to their implementation, but there’s no reason for that info to ever be sent back to Snap—the Snap JavaScript can simply check for the cookie, and if it’s there and says “no”, not run the actual loading of the preview.

  68. Kerry West
    Posted February 8, 2007 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    Where do you get your facts from? “…conservative estimate of 25% of web users are visually and physically handicapped”? Obviously you know little about what you write. Don’t you at least read this swill to see if its plausible?

    Maybe a nice visual graph of the stats would make it easier for you?

  69. Posted February 14, 2007 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I have posted my opinion as comment earlier in this discussion. This kind of discussion is very fruitful for further innovation. In the meantime we have done some research on this topic but got no final results in the moment. From our research there is a strong indication that a huge/certain amount of users want to have this preview opportunity.

    Of course you can not judge the content behind the link with this preview. But you can get relevant information about
    – the context (eg the type of the site behind the link (wikipedia, flickr, blog, coporate homepage) or the type of document behind the link (ppt, pdf, zip): what is it where I can go now?)
    – quality aspects (eg is the link broken) and
    – process aspects (eg is a registration required in the next step).

    A lot of functionality. Having a user centric perspective we have made the decision to continue with this service on our corporate website for the moment.

    On the other hand the “disturbance argument” is valid, it could be really disturbing. I just have seen the upgrade from Snap reacting on this discussion with the introduction of an option “Trigger: Icon only”. This helps a lot – those who want to get a preview on what is behind the link can get it via the icon, the others can click on the link without a disturbance.

  70. Posted February 14, 2007 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I think that Christian Montoya sums this up beautifully saying this is a bad idea but dumb bloggers love it. And while you’re at it, check Google for Snap Preview and Stupid and you’ll see a lot of people with opinions on this issue.

    Not that I’m biased or anything. ;-)

    Yes, it’s an interesting use of technology, but it is used poorly. By a lot of folks, not just Snap. If they can turn it into something really useful, as others in the same arena have done, then go for it. Until then, it’s a blight on the web.

  71. Posted February 18, 2007 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Simply +1. This Snap thing never ever saw any usability test, and you don’t need to be an expert to say that it’s just counterproductive (and thus “unwise” to use, most of the time).

  72. snapsucks
    Posted February 23, 2007 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    you can completely kill snap by just adding

    127.0.0.1 spa.snap.com

    to your hosts file. this is located in the following directories (depending on the operating system that you are using):

    win xp: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
    win 2000: c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc
    Win 95/98 c:\windows
    Linux/Mac OSX : /etc

    what that hosts entry does is that it redirects *ALL* requests to spa.snap.com to your local machine (and thus it will fail to pull across snap.com’s javascript)

  73. Posted March 2, 2007 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    You seem to have a strong opinion about this plugin. You can ask yourself, “Do I maintain this site for myself or for my readers?” If the answer is “myself” then do and preach anything you want. If the answer is “my readers”, then you may wish to consider asking them what they want. Maybe one day, the plugin will allow them each to select their own preference. At that point it really is a non-issue.

  74. Posted March 2, 2007 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Actually, if you reread the article, you will see that the main and most important position taken is from the perspective of a reader. Sure, there may come a day when this implementation may be of benefit. In its current state, it is a hindrance to readers.

    Again, if your site offers reviews of web designs, then the visual offerings of this tool may help. If it doesn’t, which is the majority of us, this gimmick doesn’t help your site or blog in any way. It’s a gimmick and causes problems for the visually impaired, unprepared, and the rest of us who now fear and avoid links with our mouse anticipating that nasty thing popping up.

    That’s my experience as a reader of other blogs. I’m hearing from a lot of people, and reading their own opinions uninfluenced by mine, that they are also experiencing the same feelings. I’ve read of a few people who say they will not return to a site that uses Snap, their feelings are that strong.

    I’m not into that level of ultimatum. I would, however, appreciate that Snap be an OPT-IN plan instead an opt-out. Much better those who want it get it rather than having it forced upon us and then fighting to get it turned off.

  75. Posted March 10, 2007 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Ive read in several places that with SNAP you can turn them off…

  76. Spud
    Posted April 7, 2007 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Let’s tell the truth. Bill Gross at Idealab [sic] can take his stupid little Snap search engine popup and shove it. So can the f*

  77. Posted April 27, 2007 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I found out that Snap preview was on my blog by default and turned it off straight away. It wasn’t too much of a problem for me, but it was annoying when I was scrolling down the page, accidentally put the mouse over a link and this window suddenly came up over the text! I think it’s something that should be a feature, but disabled by default with the option to turn it on. It suits some blogs, but not most.
    And about accessibility, I can’t find any statistics right now, but I know heaps of blind people who use the ‘Net. If people don’t care about accessibility, they should at least realise that they’re limiting their audience. As far as I’m concerned, if they don’t want to make their site accessible to me it’s not a site I want to go to, anyway. I realise that not everything can be made accessible, but some effort should be made to make things as accessible as possible.

  78. Posted May 1, 2007 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Yup, I’ve been hating this feature and just now took it off. Thanks very much. I’m going to keep reading.

    I think you could have gotten to the point a little earlier in this post, though.

  79. Posted May 1, 2007 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Snap Preview is just wrong …
    So wrong that i blogged about it …
    World without Snap Preview …
    is a better world …
    http://www.subcorpus.net/blog/

  80. iserrano
    Posted May 13, 2007 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    I absolutely hate it, and I disabled it inmediately.

  81. Posted May 27, 2007 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    I think it’s not a bad idea at all, being able to see what I am going to visit before I decide to click.
    If you don’t like it then fair enough, install AdBlock Plus.

  82. Posted July 12, 2007 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Yup, it’s incredibly irritating. Glad I’m controlling my own wordpress installation ;)

  83. Posted July 30, 2007 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your recent comments on your blog. After reading your advice in the comment and here, I have decided to completely remove SnapPreview as it does not really serve a function for the readers of the blog.

  84. Posted July 31, 2007 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    how about on blogspot??

  85. Posted August 11, 2007 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you got lots of replies to this one…

    I more-or-less agree with you. This feature does have its purpose, but I don’t think that purpose is on blogs. For instance, a website that is all about link lists (like Chainki, or toplists) would find the feature useful, because you can get a little preview, and as you mentioned in a reply to another comment, also lets you know if the link is good or not. (Actually, I think Chainki does use it… can’t remember.)

    I personally thought the feature was really nifty when I first saw it, and decided to add it to my blog. I had no issues with it, but decided to remove it because there was actually a link that I didn’t want to give a preview of, and I didn’t feel like going through the effort of changing my preferences on the Snap site. Since then, the content of my blog has become a bit more serious, so it’s just as well.

    But, in the right places, it is really quite useful, I think. :)

  86. Review
    Posted August 20, 2007 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    i really hate it as well

  87. Posted August 29, 2007 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I dont like snap preview either… please stop using it wordpress!! – Listen to your users!!!

  88. hariqows
    Posted September 11, 2007 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks.
    I don’t like snaps, it make me confused.
    And now i knew how to stop it.

  89. Posted September 28, 2007 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I guess I am different to other people because I actually find this feature useful (and yes I agree it does slow things down), but the reason why I find it useful is purely because people lately use “strange” anchored text which helps with SEO, but aren’t useful to readers. I use SNAP preview to judge if I want to following the link.

    If you like to understand more about what I mean with anchored text problems, read my blog article regarding the ‘title attribute and SEO’ under the usability category.

  90. Posted February 13, 2008 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Ditto! I HATE SNAP!

  91. Posted February 17, 2008 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I fully agree with you!

  92. liam
    Posted March 3, 2008 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    What this should do is have the link as a normal link, then next to the link it should say preview, which if you hover over you will get the popup.

    That way people aren’t getting unexpected boxes popping up, but if people which to use the feature they still can.

    Why doesn’t it work like this by default?

  93. Posted May 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I jump to this page by accident. I was actually looking for “Theme Previewer”…

    For me, I don’t find it is useful for any content-solid bloggers. However it is very useful to preview pictures. I must confess that those wordpress-generated thumbnails are too small, and clicking back and forward to “see” a picture is very annoying. Luckily they got it “fixed” on wordpress 2.5. Big thumbs up for wordpress team.

    If the plugin can be improved, I said add a special code, like “rel=snap” to Anchor tag and limit it to preview only this link. I might use it on my “Bookmark” page to check for broken links.

  94. pmilani
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    There are firefox plugins that give you automatic preview of links you hover over. If you want it (as a user) you can have it, without spam links. For a website it is not a feature, it is no better than popup advertisement and should be treated as such by browsers (blocked).

    Thx for the tip on how to disable it on my blog..

  95. Posted July 4, 2008 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    I found one useful way to use Snap Preview – for Amazon product links. In the pop-up window you see the details of the product and text is readable. I left Snap Preview for my links exchange page so that visitors can get some impression of the websites listed. Otherwise I agree that it is not a good idea to use it anywhere – just for information that can be readable in the pop-up window.

  96. Posted September 8, 2008 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know of a product like snapshots from snap.com that functions the same but doesn’t have ads on it ? I like the product but am worried that users might click on a competitors ad.

  97. Posted September 8, 2008 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    @ mrwilliamsburg:

    Sorry. I can’t help you. I’m really against anything that pops up on a site without warning and without visitor control, ads or otherwise. The issue under decision is not just aimed at snap preview/snapshots/etc. but anything that interferes with the ability of anyone to read a web page.

  98. alhefner
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I look at this much the same as you do. It is an un-wanted pop-up. It is a distraction with absolutely no positive value to the reader. It is also a marketing gimmick that does nothing positive for the website that gets displayed!

    I am really tired of all the misc. total B.S. that ends up cluttering what would be very good content.

  99. Mark
    Posted January 15, 2009 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    I find the Snap Preview interesting at times & sometimes they are irritating. For technical blog it is insignificant & inappropriate . They disturb the reader & it is difficult to concentrate . For meaningful blogs , Snap Preview are real crap .
    But some times it is real fun to browse different web sites(PROVIDED ,YOU HAVE SO MUCH FREE TIME )

  100. Posted February 3, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info, I was considering adding this feature to my blog and after reading your rant I decided against it. I don’t want to hinder my readers in any way!

    • Posted February 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      I do hope you read the rant and appreciation within the comments to get a real feeling for how awful this thing is. They telling the story better than I did. :D

  101. Posted June 23, 2009 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    nice article, thanks friend :)

  102. pumapressblogs
    Posted September 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I certainly wish to turn Snap Preview OFF. But I do not find the ‘Presentation” link on my theme. I presume I will have to change themes ?

  103. Shanon Smith
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Your article is very logical indeed. The arguments you brought up are also thorough and reasonable.
    I was thinking to add the feature into my blogs, with a hope of improvement.
    But after reading your post, I understand that it is a bad idea to do so. So, I will certainly turn off the SNAP Preview right away.


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  36. [...] it got tested and rejected by Darren over on ProBlogger and got a very negative reaction by Lorelle and many in the wordpress community so why even test it [...]

  37. [...] a pop-up. There have been negative comments on it as well, you’ll see a good summary of the bad points in these [...]

  38. [...] me quejo porque parece que los desarrolladores de WordPress.com están probando a integrar el servicio en sus blogs [...]

  39. [...] not the only one who has noticed this. Here is one statement against the use of Snap Preview Anywhere, making some very good points about how it can inhibit the accessibility of the site for [...]

  40. [...] says, It’s a bad idea, dumb bloggers love it (though I can’t support the name calling). Lorelle has even gone so far as to publicly apologize to her readers for having used it. Others who began [...]

  41. [...] WordPress.com, Please Stop Using Snap Preview « Lorelle on WordPress (tags: wordpress snap) [...]

  42. [...] einigen Tagen war ich schon bei Lorelle im Zuge von “WordPress-2.1-Recherchen” über den Unmut einiger Leute über die [...]

  43. [...] WordPress.com, Please Stop Using Snap Preview [...]

  44. Anti-Snap Preview Solutions/A Peace Treaty if you will

    I have noticed there is quite an anti snap preview uprising over the last few days. I think there are a couple of things to consider here:

    Firstly, nobody is being killed people so take it easy ok?
    As long as we’ve cleared up t…

  45. [...] it was becoming very clear that I am in the minority in my appreciation of the previews. With all the negative buzz, I took the code out rather than get complaints. It didn’t matter that much [...]

  46. [...] Anywhere Plugin, and I want to say we’re sorry to anyone who had problems with the plugin. Lorelle is right. It’s a really bad idea to use this on a site, for so many reasons among them usability. [...]

  47. [...] geeks, I like Snap Previews on sites I visit. That’s why I enabled them here. But given that many geeks hate them, I’d like to make them opt-in rather than [...]

  48. [...] thanks to Tom, I discovered Laurelle’s WordPress blog with lots of helpful tips, including this one with an answer to my question about accessibility. As a sighted person, yes, it does look very cute [...]

  49. [...] Meinung von Lorelle hat mich überzeugt, das SnapPreview-Dingen, das immer so lustige Linkvorschaubildchen gezeigt [...]

  50. [...] is the one from Snap. Here’s how Lorelle described it when it was enabled on her blog. When you hover over any link on my site, it loads a preview of that site in a small pop-up window. She goes on to explain why this is bad, and how to stop [...]

  51. [...] notice that I am not the only one irritated by those annoying little pop-up previews that have started appearing on WordPress blogs. [...]

  52. [...] has been pointed out before by such big name blogs as Lorelle on WordPress and Performancing. Lorelle says “Personally, I consider these Snap Previews a blight on the web” and [...]

  53. [...] service: large previews activated by JavaScript. Bloggers find it irritating. Apparently it stops the link itself working in some browsers, and some users assume [...]

  54. [...] http://www.aidanf.net/reasons-not-to-use-snap-preview http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/12/29/wordpresscom-please-stop-using-snap-preview/ [...]

  55. [...] that Snap Shots are a matter of taste. A lot of people like them and continue to use them while some have felt that the hover boxes are distractions or just do not belong on blogs. I can see where this would be really useful for theme authors who [...]

  56. [...] com os spammers que oferecem VIAGRA E CIALIS (eu já disse que não estou broxa AINDA!) achei esse post no blog da [...]

  57. [...] que los Snap Shots son cuestión de gusto. A mucha gente le gusta y los sigue usando mientras otros han sentido que las cajas flotantes son una distracción o que simplemente no deberían estar en los blogs. Me imagino que esto puede ser realmente útil [...]

  58. [...] We’ll see even more fancy AJAX stuff on websites – not all will be for the good [...]

  59. [...] could go on this issue, but if you want to know more, Lorelle has an insightful post on Snap Preview. One thing I would suggest, if there is a desire to keep this service, why not have it as a browser [...]

  60. [...] I’m not sure if I’d like to use Snap previews. They tend to be a bit annoying. People seem to like them, according to Matt, and they are now default in WordPress blogs, I agree with Lorelle’s sentiment, which you can read here. [...]

  61. [...] disabled by most major blogs after just a short trial because users hate it (problogger, johnchow, lorelle, digital inspiration, a VC, instigator, ). NOTE: Readers can disable Snap Preview Anywhere on *ALL* [...]

  62. [...] http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/12/29/wordpresscom-please-stop-using-snap-preview/ Tags: wordpress, web, accessibility, snap, javascript, widget, thumbnails(del.icio.us history) [...]

  63. [...] popup link previews that used to show a mini version of the linked page). I’ve read some good arguments for getting rid of them, and a couple of readers complained about them too. For those who [...]

  64. [...] you choose to use any of the web page preview gadgets on your blog’s links, the preview will be of the original page not Digg or your middle-man [...]

  65. [...] for me thank you very much. And thankfully, I’m not the only person who dislikes them – Lorelle, and many others have the same [...]

  66. [...] link previews. What the Thomson folks probably don’t know is that this feature is one of the most despised features of all time in the [...]

  67. [...] plugin, partly as I didn’t really agree with the advertising, but also because I’ve now heard bad things about it and it doesn’t seem to be very popular. If you disagree and would like it back, or if you’re glad I got rid of it, feel free to let [...]

  68. [...] and not forcing links to open in windows or tabs. Bloggers are getting the hint and turning off Snap Preview or whatever it is now called because while they thought it was neat, their readers hated it. However, more and more people are [...]

  69. [...] with a double underline, I was furious as these are so deceptive, yet, they remain popular. Then pop-up crap started appearing when hovering over any link, which made browsing blogs even more nerve wracking. You never knew where or what a link could [...]

  70. [...] has called them “a blight” and I myself tried unsuccessfully to use them for less-annoying [...]

  71. [...] Some one who shares my views.. [...]

  72. [...] haidanf.net lorelle on wordpress [...]

  73. [...] Link pop-up ads and link previews are horrible as they break concentration and the flow of reading and cause all kinds of problems for visually impaired readers. Because so many of these are opt-out rather than opt-in, the reader has to go to the ad site and get it turned off for their usage across the web. This is a serious time waster because if they clear out their cookies cache or change IP addresses, they have to do it again if the ad service loses track of who they are and their IP address. Imagine being constantly scanned by an ad service on every site you visit that has these ads. “Hmmm, are they on the list? Should we show them the ads or not?” That’s a lot of bandwidth wasted for something most people don’t want. I’m not comfortable with that. Are you? [...]

  74. [...] Lorelle on WordPress: WordPress.com, Please Stop Using Snap Preview [...]

  75. [...] opinions. Indeed Laurelle on WordPress wrote a post in which she asked to Worpress.com to «please stop using Snap Preview». She considers these Snap Previews «a blight on the web. If you are using them, you are [...]

  76. [...] has been pointed out before by such big name blogs as Lorelle on WordPress and Performancing. Lorelle says “Personally, I consider these Snap Previews a blight on the web” and [...]

  77. [...] WordPress.com, Please Stop Using Snap Preview [...]

  78. [...] drawbacks of similar browser fru-frus which make communication difficult and less accessible, read lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/12/29/wordpresscom-please-stop… and [...]

  79. [...] drawbacks of similar browser fru-frus which make communication difficult and less accessible, read lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/12/29/wordpresscom-please-stop… and [...]

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