Bells and whistles

SimonGeneral

Over the weekend I’ve added a couple of extra features to my blog.

If you’re browsing the site and hover over an external link, you now get a small preview screenshot of the website that is linked to. This gives you a feel for the site without actually having to click through.

This service is called Snap Preview Anywhere and is absolutely free. It’s also a doddle to install – just copy and paste one line of code into the head of your HTML template.

I’d be interested to see if this proves useful or a bit annoying – I’m unsure at the moment but thought I’d give it a shot.

The other new feature is a new Grazr to replace my ridiculously long blogroll, podroll and vidroll. This was starting to get so long that it was unbalancing the blog page layout – the left hand column was much much longer than the other two.

My new Grazr (it’s here) shows all the feeds I’m tracking. It’s updated live from my Newsgator/FeedDemon subscriptions, so as I subscribe, unsubscribe or categorise a feed in my reader it will appear immediately on the site. This works by publishing my OPML list in Newsgator as publicly available (here).

The only downside is that my private feeds are also shown as I can’t work out a way to stop them appearing in the OPML without actually unsubscribing. However because of the nature of the information they contain the feeds are password protected anyway, so there shouldn’t be any security risk.