, Why Are You Still Even Online?

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I’ve honestly seen a lot of annoying web site pop-ups in my day, but I don’t think I’ve ever met any as annoying as Why the hell would I care about what a web site would look like before I click on the link? The reason why I got as far as wanting to click on the link is not to see a thumbnail of the site, but to directly see it for myself. Why would you ruin the surprise for me like that,

Seeing a thumbnail powered by is the equivalent of a buddy telling you the end of a movie. If someone else actually sees a potential business model or sees a convenience through the existence of, please let me know. I just don’t see it.

1/9/2008 Update: See comment #1 for an interesting way on how may actually be useful.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at, Why Are You Still Even Online? Comments

  1. Stacy Reed says:

    I get some use out of Snap on a professional level. My job at Tucows requires that I find new and helpful Web 2.0 resources and I also run (an educational resources wiki) as well as a couple personal blogs. I tend to do a lot of surfing and weeding through long lists of links that others have compiled. I also find a lot of information and web sites through RSS feeds in iGoogle. Snap helps me decide if the link is worth clicking on or not. I also use Snap when I’m looking through the referral links in my blog analytics because often times I find people are hotlinking to my artwork to use as their background (mostly Myspace and LiveJournal users) and Snap let’s me see right away without clicking and waiting for their page, images, music and videos to load, which saves a lot of time.

    You could say that I do a lot of categorizing. Because I do spend a lot of time researching new technologies, I find myself visiting the same pages multiple times. By seeing the Snap preview, I can tell if I’ve previously been there in which case I can skip over it.

    The only real complaint I have about Snap is that it’s frustrating to try to read an informational site that contains many links, like Wikipedia. Luckily though, Snap can be disabled so it doesn’t have to use up your resources unless you enable it. It’s customizable too, so you can make the preview windows smaller if you find they are taking too long to load.

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Interesting. Based on the way I’ve seen used, I think waiting for the to load the thumbnails takes the same amount of time to click on the link, take a quick peek at that web site, and then click back. There’s only so much you can see in a thumbnail of a web site too.

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