Add some Snap to your Blog!
It’s a little like the alt and title attributes on steroids. I originally poo-pooed on using it earlier in its development for a couple of reasons:
1. I thought the images were too small to be of any use, BUT is it my imagination or are they larger than the first time I checked it out? Maybe it’s time to get those new glasses that I’ve been promising myself;
2. It’s another script on my blog that could negatively impact performance.
3. I also thought it was annoying that it popped up every time I accidentally hovered my mouse over a link. But now I notice they have a delay option to prevent that from happening so it is no longer a problem.
Coincidentally I noticed today that one of my fav curmudgeons Dave Winer (aka Uncle Davey doesn’t like Snap either. He opines:
“And these little widgets ought to give users a way to opt out.”
I completely understand Dave, but did you know that you can change the options (at the top right-hand corner) to set the delay for up to a second. That should be long enough to disable any inadvertent mouseovers. And yes, there is also the option to opt-out for all sites or just the site that you are currently reading. Cool.
On the more positive side, installation was a snap (no pun intended) just pasting a small script into the template. And besides the obvious benefit for users to preview a link before clicking, it also gives the blog a dynamic feel to it which isn’t a bad thing I suppose.
So we’ll just wait and see how it works. If anyone likes it (or doesn’t like it) please let me know. Oh yes, Ajay also has a nice tutorial on a plugin that he created for Wordpress users.
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