If you've seen them, you've probably been annoyed by them. I'm talking about Snap's "Preview Anywhere
," a little gizmo people can stick on their web site or blog that, when the visitor rolls the mouse over any link, will pop up a big bubble with a thumbnail image in it, giving them a preview of the destination site. Sounds kinda cool, right? Yeah, in theory. In practice, however, Snap Preview Anywhere is bloody obnoxious. It disrupts the browsing experience without actually adding any value--in the words of Performancing's Nick Wilson
, "It's bling, a silly little shiney thing designed specifically to increase awareness of Snap.com." Just say no to bubbles.
So how does an interruption-averse web surfer get rid of it? Conveniently, Snap's SPA FAQ has the answer
. Just click on the link provided in the FAQ and your browser will be imbued with a cookie that will banish those bubbles from your view. As long as the cookie lasts, at least. An additional step you can take on behalf of your fellow web surfers is to email the folks who put these things on their sites and register your displeasure.