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Snap Previews are annoying everyone

The latest buzz is that the Snap Previews that are enabled on many sites are extremely annoying. I can attest to this and I’m now removing them from my blog. Snap Previews seemed like a cool feature at first, but I think something like this should be implemented at the browser level, not through a Javascript running on the website. That way a user can choose to disable it if they want.

The main complaints with Snap are that it disables right clicking, makes it hard to copy links, and often requires multiple clicks to navigate to the links.

While there is a way to disable these previews, it requires a browser cookie be set to disable it. Snap was a good idea, but it just wasn’t implemented at the right level. Maybe we’ll see it re-appear as a Firefox Extension as it should have in the first place.

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4 responses to “Snap Previews are annoying everyone

  1. mark February 1, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    god bless you for removing those previews. I completely agree they should be a greasemonkey script or something.

  2. Karthik February 1, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    WordPress.com enables it by default on all its blogs.  They should probably change that.

  3. Dave Burt February 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    … or this GreaseMonkey script:
    http://www.globefeed.com/flinkpreview.html

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