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How to Turn Off Snap Shots Link Preview on WordPress Blogs

Snap Preview Anywhere, known as Snap Shots, Snap Shots Integrator, mShots, and many other names, is considered by many as one of the most annoying “gimmicks” on the web, continues to be enabled by default on WordPress.com blogs. Many new bloggers are still “testing” this gimmick which allows a thumbnail preview or feed view of the linked content when the mouse hovers over the link.

When it first came out, a lot of top bloggers took it for a test drive, then soon realized how much it interfered with the reading and interaction of their blogs, annoying readers. Wise bloggers know that anything that gets between a reader and the blog content loses readers.

Note: Over the years since its release, Snap Preview Anywhere has changed its names many times. As of 2009, WordPress.com turned away from Snap Preview to use their own in-house version, mShots. The following instructions show how to turn off the Snap version as well as the WordPress.com mShots version. For more help on WordPress.com, check out the many discussions on how to turn off and disable mShots.

After a lot of research myself, the only justification I’ve found for using Snap Preview/Snap Shots is for sites which provide links to blog reviews, Theme reviews, or graphics. The tiny thumbnail view of the visual aspect of the site or image matches the theme of the post content.

The main three reasons that so many people don’t like it are:

  1. It pops up a thumbnail without warning as their mouse moves over the link, even accidentally, startling the reader and covering up content they are trying to read.
  2. It doesn’t meet with accessibility standards and makes reading content hard for those with visual impairment.
  3. Since this is installed on a blog by its owner (or by default unfortunately by WordPress.com), single hosted WordPress and WordPress.com blogs must take action themselves to turn this off, often after a backlash from their readers.
  4. The only way for the reader to turn it off on a global scale is through an “opt-out” program, forcing the reader to visit the Snap Preview site to turn it off. The site turns it off for that IP address. Switch IP addresses by moving to another computer, Internet service, or otherwise, and it’s back.

It doesn’t add value to your blog. It’s hard to even see what’s in the small thumbnail image. It takes time and bandwidth to load the popup. You should be able to make it go away by clicking anywhere on the page away from the popup, which sometimes takes a long time to go away, and may cause you to inadvertently click a link, causing you to leave the page and forcing you to back up to the original page, or just leave it in frustration.

On the Snap Preview Anywhere/Snap Shots popup, there is an option to disable it. I’ve clicked this numerous times and it has never worked (Update: It currently works, but if you change computers, locations, or renew your IP address – it stops working). It also interferes with one of my most powerful blog post writing tools, the Copy Link Text (CoLT) Firefox Extension which allows me to quickly copy and paste full code-ready links into my blog posts. Since implementation of Snap Preview/mShots on the blogs, including the main site pages, it takes me an addition ten to twenty minutes to generate my weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports as I do battle for the links with the popup windows.

If you want the gimmick, leave it turned on.

If you want it turned off:

  • In WordPress.com blogs: Go to Presentation/Appearance > Extras and uncheck the Snap Preview/Snap Shots/MShots feature box to disable it on your blog. Click Update to save the changes.
  • Full Version WordPress Blogs: In order to work on a full version WordPress blog, the Snap Preview WordPress Plugin must be installed and activated. To disable it, deactivate the Plugin and remove it from your blog’s server.
  • Opt-Out and Disable Snap Preview Globally: In theory, you can disable Snap Preview on a site-by-site basis through the popup windows, but it has never worked for me. Or you can visit their site and disable Snap Preview there, but it only disables it per IP address. It will stop you seeing it on any web page with the feature enabled. (I’ve not found a way to globally block mShots on WordPress.com blogs.)
  • Ask Your Favorite Blogger: If you find it on a favorite blog, ask the blogger to stop using it. They may like the gimmick effect and not realize how much it is annoying you and the other readers. They won’t change anything until you let them know.

Need a second opinion? ShandyKing disabled Snap Preview based upon feedback from his readers, even after he posted an article that got him in the top rankings listing the top 100 blogs using Snap Preview.

I’ve installed Snap a week ago and have asked my readers for their honest feedback. After a week of testing it out I have decided to remove it from my site. In fact I have come to the conclusion this tool hurts website owners more then helps them.

Before I go into why I feel the way I do about it I would like to congratulate the folks over at Snap on creating a viral product and for additionally getting WordPress to agree on making their plug-in available on 600,000 Blogs.

…It sucks on my part to find out that I was placed on the top 100 then have to tell the world why I don’t want to use it. Since I did request public feedback, I should be honest and report my opinions on it.

There are alternatives to Snap Preview. Cooliris allows the user to click a link to open the preview popup window, rather than have it forced upon you. If any similar product is to have success, it must allow the user to completely control their experience. Allow them to choose whether or not they want to see the popup previews, don’t force them upon them, or make them do a dance to remove it from their view.


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71 Comments

  1. Posted September 5, 2007 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    And Automattic, could you PLEASE turn off Snap Preview by default on new blogs? Whenever I start a new WordPress.com blog, I always forget about turning that feature off, and then have people come to me complaining about it.

    Thank you so much for this post Lorelle, it’s the first time I’ve seen that I’m not the only one who hates this so-called feature.

  2. Posted September 5, 2007 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Thank you. I absolutely hate the snap preview feature. It’s especially annoying for those of us still using a dial-up.

  3. Posted September 5, 2007 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Snap has to be one of the most annoying things in the history of the web. I understand how it might have seemed like a good idea, but it wasn’t. I tend to visit blogs that use it a lot less often than I otherwise might.

  4. Posted September 5, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t had a complaint about Snap in the eight months I’ve been blogging, but since I respect your opinion I’m going to disable it. I didn’t realise it was such a big annoyance until now.

  5. Posted September 5, 2007 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I used Snap on my blogs early on. I thought it was a cool thing to be able to see where something linked. Of course, most of my links on my site were to other posts on my site, so I was simply seeing a lot more of my blog. So vain, I am…

    It wasn’t until I saw it on other blogs where it started to really bother me — I’d look at the pop-up and then totally get taken out of the article on the blog. It was like having Twitter interrupt your blog reading with yet another “I’m going out now” line.

    So I took it out. Didn’t do it because my readers responded that way, but did it on the basis that a pop-up like that is poor writing. It becomes part of the message and if it doesn’t support your message, then it shouldn’t be there.

    Thanks for writing this. I didn’t realize it was standard on WordPress.com blogs…

  6. Posted September 5, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I have had it on several blogs for 6 months and NEVER ONCE got a complaint. I not sure why you call it a “gimmick” if so many bloggers find it helpful. If it is not for you, that is fine, but why the name calling and why run a brownshirt campaign to browbeat the rest of us into accepting your point of view and lobbying removal from sites? (BTW, I am not sure but I believe you opt out once for all sites.)

    As a user, I prefer it on blogs as I can see the content of a link much faster than clicking and waiting for the page to load.

  7. Posted September 5, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    My name is Erik Wingren and I head up UX Research for Snap.com — the company behind the Snap Shots web service (formerly known as Snap Preview Anywhere).

    First I want to thank Lorelle for this and previous mentions of our product — these posts play a significant role in triggering a conversation across the blogosphere, providing us with invaluable inspiration and indirectly helping us define updates, which in turn help sustain a remarkable growth and popularity of Snap Shots, as evidenced by the glowing reviews and +100K downloads of the Snap Shots Add-On in just over a month. Lorelle, we couldn’t have done it without you!

    Second, I would like to briefly discuss the concept of usefulness.
    As a publisher you have a responsibility to your audience. If I was to attempt boiling down the science of audience research I would say this comes down to a combination of knowing who they are, what they want and what they need.

    Ask yourself the following questions:
    – Is your audience *exclusively* made up of experienced Internet users that read your blog using browsers that support tabbed browsing (essentially IE7, Firefox, Opera or Safari)?
    – Are you *not* interested in attracting and retaining readers that doesn’t fit this user profile?
    – Do you *consistently* follow “proper” markup protocol, defining the target and title of the link within the opening and closing of the anchor tag? Are your links blue with solid underline?

    The point is that usefulness is a subjective measure, highly impacted by the context in which a functionality is used as well as the behavior and experience of the individual user.

    If you, like Lorelle, are writing a technical blog for a technical audience (or “wise bloggers”, like Lorelle calls them), your readers a more likely to be trained in picking up on the subtle cues already provided by the browser framework — the status bar and link title attribute. And the “cost” of occasional erroneous clicks are more likely to be mitigated through the use of advanced browser functionality such as tabbed browsing… But whatever you do, please don’t make the mistake of equating designing for a technically savvy audience with “accessibile design”. If anything, the opposite is closer to reality.

    On the other hand, if the user profile or markup principles described above are too narrow for your taste or ambition, I believe that by implementing Snap Shots you would in fact offer ALL your readers MORE information to base their decision on which links to click or not to click, REDUCING the number of unwanted outbound clicks mid-read and, in effect, IMPROVE their ability to focus on YOUR content, or the content you link to that they TRULY wanted to visit.

    And finally, for the technically savvy and inspired, since customization of Snap Shots isn’t available to WordPress.com bloggers I wanted to share the following little hack: the link icons you see on Techcrunch and elsewhere, can in fact be called upon from a wordpress.com blog by adding the class “snap_trigger_*” to your links, spans or divs (replace * with “both” to make the Shot activate on both the link text and icon, or replace * with “icon” to make it activate on the icon only). More on link icons in the Snap Shots FAQ.

    Cheers.

    Erik Wingren
    Snap UX Research

  8. Posted September 5, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Thomas: Name calling? As I said in the article, if it works for you, then don’t turn it off. If it isn’t, whether or not your readers have the courage to tell you, turn it off.

    Mr. Wingren: I’m glad you are getting a lot of attention from my negative review of your services. Hopefully, it will help you change it so it is something the reader can better control rather than having it forced upon them. Hopefully work is being done to make this meet web standards for accessibility. Is this turned off the moment the program detects a screen reader or disabled-assist browser?

    As for judging my readership, you missed by a long shot. Take care when you assume. My readers are “average” folks – intelligent and wise, of course – which cover a wide spectrum of folks from around the world, many of them reading this blog through a translation service on old computers with a dial up or non-high speed access service.

    The information provided by Snap Preview/Snap Shot doesn’t add to the “wealth” of information that a well-written link does. It does, however, enforce the notion that looks speak louder than actions. :D

  9. Posted September 5, 2007 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I like to judge myself as one who puts the title attribute in every link I used and I am using tab browsing with firefox.

    I used to have Snap Preview as a plugin on my blog, but when I actually took upon myself to surf my site as a reader, I found it how annoying it was. When I hover over a link, this little snapshot would appear and it would take sometime to load. And when it did, all I got was an outdated version of the site’s actual appearance.

    How do I know that? I changed my site’s layout a few days ago, but it remained the same look. On top of that, it makes my page loading a tad little slower to complete.

  10. Ian
    Posted September 5, 2007 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much. I have hated those things from about 5 minutes after I started on WordPress (they were cute for about 5 minutes).

  11. Posted September 6, 2007 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    SPA is a pain in the butt, it really is. As soon as I discover a blog is using SPA, I leave it instantly and put it on my blacklist.

    SPA also adds significantly to the page load time on dial-up. It’s particularly annoying when the mouse cursor hovers over a link and triggers SPA, which takes a lot of time to load up and doesn’t go away even if I click elsewhere.

  12. Posted September 6, 2007 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Lorelle: I don’t quite see how the Snap Preview functionality would affect a screen reader or disabled assist browser in any way at all. The Snap functionality is purely javascript, generally included at the bottom of the page. It modifies the links after the fact by adding mouseovers and mouseouts and such, so unless the screen reader software is confused by mouseovers, it’s not going to affect anything. I would expect disabled assist software to not execute javascript at all when doing reading and such.

  13. Posted September 6, 2007 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I heard from a lot of my “disabled” friends before and after I first reported on this, and they told me that on old screen readers, it created a conflict and error. It didn’t impact newer ones because the Javascript is set to be ignored on many of those.

    However, many who use accessibility features such as enlarged type, zoom, projectors, magnifiers, and such to see only a tiny bit of the screen at a time to read it word by word, or in some cases, letter by letter, or read with their enlarged mouse pointer to track each line they read (like reading with your finger), were hampered as this “thing” popped up without warning, covering their entire screen.

    They couldn’t see what it was, nor how to turn it off, since it comes with no instructions. There is nothing anywhere that says “if you want to see popups over links, click this. If they pop up, click off the popup to make it go away.”

    I had one friend with a form of myopia call me in tears, thinking she’d done something wrong and broke her customized computer. After over an hour, she couldn’t get it to go away because all she could see was a portion of the popup and nothing of her browser screen.

    Without instructions, 800 numbers for help, or any other obvious clues, how do people know how to handle this?

    I have no problem with the other models of this “preview” technique that are out there that allow you to click to view the preview rather than having it forced upon you. If the reader can control the experience, that’s the way to go.

    Don’t forget, I belong to the majority of humans who believe that there should be an OPT-IN list for receipt of junk mail, ads and spam in email, comment spam, telemarketers, and all other methods of unwanted advertising. Let us decide if we want your junk. Don’t force it upon us. And don’t make us sign up for a list you don’t check. If you send it to me and I’m not on the OPT-IN list, some serious penalties should be enforced. ;-)

    I’m a much more willing investor and shopper when I make the choice.

  14. Posted September 9, 2007 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I considered using it on my blog but as I reader of other blogs that use it, I found it highly annoying; it disrupts the flow of reading, so I stayed away from it.

  15. mchardonodea
    Posted September 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you… I was just asking someone how to get rid of these annoying pop-ups and sure enough I was led to you.

  16. Zhyndra
    Posted October 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Those snapshots are the most invasive thing yet, and I can’t get rid of them because it depends on a cookie. I don’t want the cookie; I want the ability to block it permanently. Cookies from sites that violate my privacy do not have a place to live in my computer. Multiple attempts to block the content in Opera have failed.

  17. Posted October 10, 2007 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    You can also block Snap’s site with an entry in your Hosts file. The code never gets loaded, so you never see any popups, regardless of cookies/javascript.

    Here’s the entry:

    127.0.0.1 spa.snap.com

  18. TheChrisBerry
    Posted October 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the help. I had turned it off so I didn’t see those pesky snap previews on my computer, but I’m sure they were annoying everyone who looked at my blog who hadn’t turned it off.

    The main problem I had was my Facebook imports from my wordpress.com blog had random code in them from the snap preview that was automatically in my wordpress posts that I couldn’t edit off of the Facebook note. Thanks for the solution!

  19. lingamish
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Helped me out. If only WordPress had a menu system built for humans rather than computer programmers…

  20. bb
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this post, it helped me get rid of the Snap Shots!

  21. chomedyboy
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you…thank you. I was slowly losing my mind with them damn things.

  22. warungdigital
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    ahh .. thank for your help. this is what i looking for
    no snap anymore :D

  23. mauritsvdr
    Posted August 12, 2008 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I found this post on google and couldn’t agree more with the content of it. Most importantly, I found a way to turn of the snap-gimmick (something which is not mentioned on the wordpress help site)

  24. mrquizzical
    Posted August 12, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot! I’m thinking about switching from Blogger to WordPress, and the wretched Snap Preview was one of the big things keeping me from doing it.

  25. Posted August 13, 2008 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    @ mrquizzical:

    Glad to help. Also, know that some Blogger blogs are using Snap Preview, though many have learned their lesson due to the negative response of their readers. But some never learn. :D

  26. micampaign
    Posted August 28, 2008 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much… We have a blog relating to admissions to our college and that idiotic Snap thing interfered like nuts with us typing or people having a look at the blog.

    Woohoo!

  27. Pearl
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Interesting idea. Really poor execution.

    Thanks for the tip Lorelle — I turned it off after stumbling onto the setting on my first blog and had a hard time remembering where to find it on my second.

  28. butchstyle
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU. Those little windows have been driving me bonkers, and I didn’t know I could turn them off on my blog!

  29. tygerkrash
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Much appreciated. Although the menu seems to have changed somewhat from what is documented here I found it under Design>Extras (‘Design’ I presume is a new equivalent of ‘Presentation’?)

  30. Posted September 4, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    @ tygerkrash:

    Yes, those using the new versions of WordPress will see a different menu option. That may be changing again soon, so I’ll update this accordingly. Thanks.

  31. ooiia
    Posted September 17, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    am i the only user/viewer who has memory EATEN UP by snap preview? it’s insane how quickly it happens, and gives me pause before loading a known wordpress blog now.

    CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK…

    who is not annoyed by snap?!

  32. Travis
    Posted October 13, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Snap has been a horrible experience for me as well. I just want to add that their “faq” is smarmy.

    For “Site visitors” we have faq #3: “How can I turn Snap Shots on or off?” It then graciously tells you how to enable it. It does not tell you how to turn it off.

    As others have mentioned, there’s an option to turn it off for “this site”/”all sites” — it doesn’t work.

    Snap is like a telemarketer that hangs up on you when you ask to be taken off their call list. Then they call you back the second you mouse over another link… not even bad telemarketers are that aggressive.

  33. whystoptime
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I found this post while searching for a way to disable the snapshot function. Thanks very much for this advice on how to switch off that annoying & useless add on.

  34. olivergerlich
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    For the new version that has been installed on wordpress.com recently, the setting is under Appearance -> Extras.

  35. Posted January 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Would you please update this for WordPress 2.7.

  36. Posted January 2, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder. I updated this, however, the process is still the same. Extras are now under “Appearance” rather than “Presentation” which used to be “Themes” and has had a lot of different names over the various interface changes. :D

  37. elmanufico
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    thanks for the tip :)

  38. Bud Gallant
    Posted February 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Could not agree more… It truly is one of the most useless and annoying spam-marketing “features” I’ve ever seen.

  39. Zoltan Toth
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sparing my time by writing this article! It’s one of the most unusable worthless thing I have ever seen on the web, so I’m proud getting rid of it at the first place!

  40. Keith
    Posted March 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip on how to dis-able the snap shot feature.
    Keith

  41. localgoogleguru
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    This post started in 2007 and the problem still exists.
    I too wanted to remove the snap previews as I found them annoying to view a post I’d just made, and I’m betting my readers find it annoying as well.

    There must be some reason wordpress.com blogs still have snap after two years of people complaining?
    perhaps it’s a revenue sharing thing?
    snap and wordpress have some kind of financial arrangement?

    If so, that’s fine, for most of us wordpress is free and I’d like it to stay that way, I’m just grateful I googled and found this post to help me get the damn thing off.

    • Posted March 24, 2009 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      I don’t know if WordPress.com has an arrangement or not, but Snap Preview, or whatever they are calling it now, is not on all WordPress blogs. Only WordPress.com and any blog of any kind that chooses to use it. If you want it gone from WordPress.com, you have to tell them directly through their feedback and get as many other voices to join yours.

  42. lara
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this :) I’m only just finding my way around wordpress

  43. Anonymous
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    thanks! I hate those frigg’n snapshots

  44. Posted April 7, 2009 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks for telling me how to disable this feature, I hate it and felt it was out of place on my blog.

  45. Posted April 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Remarkably easy fix for an insanely frustrating problem.

    Thank you for posting this solution.

    Best,
    JPD

  46. rayyeow
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Yeah`~This really help out. I don’t realize the snapshot in extras section is related to the popup :P

  47. Posted July 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    <3 thank you! you've just removed 99% of the "suck" on my blog. it's nice, but i guess it's also bad, since now i have to find things to actually put there :)

    cheers!
    _J

  48. Posted August 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Snap is a horrible thing.
    If someone thinks it’s a good idea, i’d like to see them try to read my blog which has lots of pictures.
    I hope wordpress is smart enough to not make it automatic.

  49. آفتاب پرست
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks a million…. :)

  50. Posted October 30, 2009 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the tipp. I don’t like this feature.
    So everyone should turn it off!

  51. dandfx
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    done thanks. i hate this feature

  52. Posted January 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a ton for the hint. I hate snap shots :)

  53. Posted January 6, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve used WordPress for about a year for my classroom and love it (it’s hosted on district servers). I began setting up a personal blog yesterday (hosted on WordPress) and was peeved by the obnoxious Snap Shots popping up and slowing navigation down. After a quick search, you helped me find the switch to turn the “feature” off.

    Thank you, Lorelle, for the info! (Couldn’t believe the comment accusing you of running “a brownshirt campaign.” Sheesh!)

  54. Posted January 12, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this valuable info.
    I couldn’t believe my eyes when that thing started buzzing around – then I couldn’t seem to get rid of it.

    Now it’s disabled and I feel calm again !!!!

  55. Posted March 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I had gone through the configuration options a couple of times and had given up!

  56. Posted March 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I landed at this page looking for a way to stop the snapshots that so disruptively affected my browsing.

    In light of this, I find the comment by Erik Wingren to be enfuriatingly arrogant and ignorant. My answer would have been a lot less civil than that of lorelle.

    As for Snap in general, I find it horrifying that they have not grasped that functionality like this is not for any individual website to provide, but something which should be the job of the _browser_ (possibly in form a plug-in), so that each individual user can make a generic choice for all websites—and no user has it forced down his throat. I note that websites should avoid non-standard behaviour (e.g. Snap) and that they should never presume to know what is best for the user—that is the _users_ decision.

  57. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks. This was a big help!

  58. Posted March 22, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I was trying to find a way to turn them off myself for few hours. Then, I realized I just needed a minute of google search and finding your blog :)

  59. punyaweb
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    thanks you – solved my problem

  60. Posted April 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the post…snapshot feature is really annoying…

  61. Patoncho
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!
    Thank you… I was REALLY trying to erase that from my blog.
    Not to Sherlocky myself, I just googled it… and you appeared with the solution.

    Thanks!

  62. Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    the problem is: turning this on by default, it grants some revenue to wordpress. not sure if it’s worth, but just to note, i came here to know how to turn off this damn thing :) (I actually thought that they were just too greedy to let you leave..)

  63. Posted May 29, 2010 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    I didn’t see the snapshots on my blog myself, only a friend of mine came up to me and said that they were annoying him.

    For me, I only ever liked snapshots for links in the sidebar (say, a site that you only saw the name of), but if you hover over image thumbnails and get the preview, that is extremely annoying.

    Thanks for the help!

  64. Mark
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    someone should perform a DOS on snapshots servers…teach them a lesson!

  65. Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. Disabling snap shots from wordpress turned out to be so easy. I am disabling it right away.

  66. Anonymous
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. Just got rid of this useless “cool” feature. I’ve notice that most “cool” features are time wasting toys. When I disabled it it was called M-shots. I couldn’t find anything called disable Snap.

  67. Posted August 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks this helps a lot, snap does totally unwanted things.

  68. d
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    i found adding “ixnp.com” to the host file help me

  69. Randy Steer
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Blog READERS can also get rid of Snap on all websites by using the Adblock browser add-in (if they’re running the Firefox browser or Thunderbird e-mail client).

    In Firefox, click on Tools / Add-ons, then highlight Adblock Plus and click on “Options”. A list of current filters (blocking rules) appears. Click on “Add filter” and enter “http://*.snap.com” (without the quotes) in the “New filter” text box, then click “OK”. No more Snap popups, anywhere!

    • Posted September 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Using browser blocks like Adblock is nice, but that doesn’t change the point of the issue. It also blocks other things. I had a terrible time once on the WordPress Codex not being able to read any page on the wiki that dealt with business and store techniques for WordPress because Adblock blocked all of it as an ad. We have to be careful using such tools as they tend to be hammers when we need a screwdriver. :D


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