Search engine Snap sets itself apart by providing a large preview image of its search results.
It has now launched Snap Preview Anywhere — a free service that enables you to add this technology to your own site so that every link on your site generates a pop-up preview image.
Link Image Preview: Useful or Gimmick?
It’s certainly neat technology; however, I’m not sure whether it is more of a distraction than useful tool, especially for links where there is no preview available and they have to be generated on the fly.
In addition, it’s not particularly helpful to have preview images of links within your own site. They seem pretty pointless to me and fall into the ‘distraction’ category.
On the other hand, on pages where there are long lists of external links, having a thumbnail preview of each links seems like a pretty useful feature.
Much as I like my widgets, I don’t want to keep anything that isn’t useful to my site visitors. So, what do you think — is this a keeper?