Rather than clutter up Joe Thorn’s excellent blog with my nasty comments I’ll just post them here regarding this Snap thing that appeared suddenly a few months ago. I suppose WordPress thinks its a cool widget but I am grateful that someone has allowed a way to shut the thing off. As soon as I figured out how to do it I did.
Snap is annoying. It gets in the way. It makes it practically impossible to copy a link–which appears to be its major feature. I cannot help but think thats why the thing exists anyway, mostly as a marketing tool for someone else. The comments I have read defending it by the folks who made the thing tell me it’s ‘usefulness is subjective’ and, essentially, that there’s been so much traffic that it has to be useful. First, spinning it so it sounds like you’re doing me a favor isn’t going to work, I don’t think. So in a way, you’re right, it probably is useful…just not to me. Second, a jillion involuntary hits don’t count. Counting all the times someone scrolls over a link is, I’m sure, just cool for you, but its an empty number.
What do you all think? Feel free to comment.