posted by Mark It Quickly at Thursday, December 07, 2006
At first I liked it. But only if a snapped page is designed to look intelligible in the snap pop-up is it much use. And after a while it became a distraction. 'fraid I'm with Jakob Nielsen. A link should look like a link. A visited link should look like a visited link. Etc. I used religiously to put a meaningful title behind links, but this is very time consuming. It would be nice if blog systems like Typepad enabled this in the link creation dialogue. I still think that is the best approach from a usability point of view.
Seb, It seems that the appearance and behaviour of links is changing in a few places to incorporate the Snap pop-up feature. I received this on 1 Dec 06: " In just 8 weeks, over 30,000 sites worldwide have already invited us to be part of their sites. We've generated over 70,000,000 previews. And we've helped millions of your users get more from your site.Now, thanks to your acceptance of Snap Preview Anywhere, WordPress, the company that powers so much of the blogosphere, has agreed to put us on 600,000 blogs! "Well that's the blurb; I do see snap preview popping up around the place. There is also an opt out feature to the previews if you want to stay with the existing appearance and behaviour; how broad this is I don't know.
If I could turn off the preview on a blog that had it I would do it! Jazzy and clever they are, but these sorts of tools should aid understanding and convey meaning. I'm completely unconvinced that the pop-ups do either.Thanks for the SNAPZ line on it though.Seb
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