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Snap Preview Anywhere Hurting User’s Web Experience is running a new service, Snap Preview Anywhere. It allows websites to have the links on their site show a preview of the linked site in a floating window. I have stumbled across several sites that are using this technology, and I find it distracting. I’m reading through a page, I scroll down and the mouse randomly ends up over a link. Poof! a pop-up window appears, and I’m looking at the preview of that linked page. It is quite distracting, partially because the preview is slow to load, and partially because something is happening on the web page that I’m not expecting. I’m not expecting anything because I’m not doing anything to cause something to happen. Simply moving my mouse and not clicking should not cause something to happen. The behavior is very similar to pop-up ads.


  1. Lorelle says:

    What the…crap!!! I did not install this (can’t install anything) and agree totally with you. I HATE this feature on all websites I visit. It slows things down and covers what I’m reading when my mouse just happens to move over a link.

    Guess who I’m going directly to to loudly complain? šŸ˜‰

  2. Hi Lorelle, glad to help. Lorelle’s followup is at, Please Stop Using Snap Preview.

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  6. ubuntuguy says:

    absolutely hate it as well. errgh.

    i just added to my hosts file, so thats bye bye snap.