Is it possible to install a Snap viewer plugin into the WordPress.com domain blog?
Snap is currently being tested on 10% of blogs, prior to being rolled out to all of them. I’d expect, since there aren’t a lot of problems being reported, that it’ll be standard very soon.
I hope its standard soon. I was hoping that as one of the people who requested the feature several months ago, that I’d be one of the beta testers. But alas, to no avail.
What do you like most about it?
I’m ambivalent about it. I could easily complain that those boxes popping up are a distraction. But maybe I’m just not used to it, or am just being a curmudgeon. :-/ (I not one of the beta testers, but I’ve bumped into it on other blogs.)
Actually in the beginning I thought it might be a cool feature. I’m not in the beta test either and if I were I would have shut the ding dong thing off by day 2. It distracts me from reading the blog posts in question. In other words it was a “novelty” on day 1 that is fast becoming an “annoyance” to me. Perhaps I’m a curmudgeon too but I feel the same way about cutesy sidebar “tat” as well.
I’ll weigh in here. I think Snap would be good since my blog is informational (or at least that’s my hope). I have medical references/resources in my posts and it would be cool if my visitors seeking information had that visual before deciding to click on something. It could be used as another reference tool.
Will have to decide once I can implement this on my blog if the addition of Snap would (in reality) be a distracting form of TMI. ;)
I like to read an entire post from beginning to end and then I go back to the beginning and follow the links in it. Perhaps others have different reading approaches. hmmmm … maybe they even take their hand off their mouse … my hand and mouse are rarely ever separated *lol*.
I like Snap. I think that is needs a bit of tweaking, though. No reason to have a preview to pictures uploaded to WP.
My readers like it.
TT, you make me smile. :)
I’m still trying to evaluate how my visitors read the posts and use my site. It’s an interesting study in information presentation. Most of my visitors enter via a specific post. I think they skim the post, read the comments, and then jump into the discussion. If they leave my blog and return, they return to that specific post.
Some have your reading approach (mouse and all) and will automatically utilize whatever reference links I include. Others are using my blog as a support forum only. That’s just fine but not my original intention. I’m trying to guide people to look at the science behind stuff and to visit credible resources on the Internet. I think Snap would be useful in that endeavor (i.e. the visual would get the attention of some who would normally just skim over the medical/research content). Just a thought.
I totally understand how Snap could end up being a big irritation but I’m looking forward to testing my “it can be quite useful” hypothesis. :D
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Of course, I had to visit your site. That’s pretty cool.
Thanks! I also just realized another tweak it needs: skip the more tags.
Don’t forget to add a comment to that post Matt made on the main blog.
I like it because I do sometimes post links to pretty weird and sometimes NSFW sites and this will at least let people know what they’re in for. If I have the word “pony” I might make it a link to Danny the Wonder Pony, just for a joke. But sometimes when I’m writing informational stuff I have a highly relevant, dense link like to an old CJR story or something, and I think it helps if people can see what they’re in for.
I will say one thing about snap that I don’t like. I just visited a blog here that has it and nearly every single snap preview was “This page is in the query for viewing” or whatever that error was.
Ah ha … how good to know that I’m not alone .. annoying, really annoying =(
In the beginning I thought … kewl … now I say only in small doses please.
How does having it effect page loading time?
One thing you do with Snap is the second your article is published, go hover over all your hotlinks yourself and queue them up in Snap so when your visitors hit your article the previews are already cached.
Agreed but tell that to the person who’s blog I visited. :)
Two readers have complained, and that’s enough for me to shut it off. If they want to end up explaining to their bosses why they were viewing Danny the Wonder Pony at work, so be it.
I didn’t even get into the beta. *sniff* :)
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