Do you recommend using Snap Shots / Links thumbs?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by eetu, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. eetu macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm creating a site with a friends and he loves using adding links thumbs, like Snap Shots (http://www.snap.com/snapshots.php#menu) for previewing the link in a small window in our site. I hate this idea.

    Do you like them? Would you recommend using them?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I think it depends on the size of the image. If you're working with large images that will be full-screen or close to it on the minimum resolution you're targeting, then a thumbnail preview is extremely useful - saves users the trouble of loading the entire image only to realize that isn't the one they wanted to look at. On the other hand, if your images are small, a preview thumbnail is utterly pointless.
     
  3. eetu thread starter macrumors member

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    the idea is to show not only images, but the whole linked website. for example, next to a movie title, a link to a preview of that movie in the imdb site.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Oh, I get it now. I think it's an interesting idea, but it doesn't work very well in practice, since you either have to manually update your preview every time the link changes, or write some sort of script that updates it for you. For that reason, I am against it.
     
  5. HaGG macrumors member

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    Do you get money for it? It seems to have advertisements?
     
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I personally don't care for them, but don't come cross them very often, especially since I started using the Firefox plug-in No-Script, which keeps JavaScript disabled at a site until I say so. I find little previews that show up when I'm about to click a link to just to be a distraction. They're nice enough for eye-candy, but don't provide much in functionality.
     

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