Fetch a preview of the website to which the url refers.
A small revision to be made to make it more reliable and faster but as it is, fulfills the request :-)
An interesting conversation. I use Vimeo for my videos. I would like to use the link to embed the video on Okuna. There was a very nice implementation on Ello. At Vimeo the creator can make the decision about sharing and embedding.
I need this feature as I created a community on here and I can't really start posting but it won't grab as much attention without any previewed link as most people prefer to preview link before they will actually clicked on it. Otherwise I will have to stick with MeWe which is not something I particularly want to do as I prefer what openbooks is becoming.
@Michael Thomas Brown: Yes, you like what openbook is becoming and also want to make it like fakebook. Good idea. If you can't tell people on your posting what they need to know or why they should click your link, maybe fakebook is the place for you to be?
Hey there @Michael Thomas Brown and @Frank, please keep it friendly. Remember there's a person on the other side of the screen. Constructive criticism is the end-goal.
@Michael Thomas Brown: Yes, that is what I meant, your answer proofs that you are top-notch-fakebook-material. Maybe, if it is too hard for you to write your own texts, you can use screenshots for your readers? Or, what I really would like, stay with mewe, whatever that is.
@Joel Levi Hernández Fernández: yes I'm sorry just get annoyed. I respect others opinions but i also want my opinion to be respected too anyway.
@Michael Thomas Brown: Will probably not take that much space though, thinking more about a square next to title/subtitle. Perhaps we can make it configurable. Expanded / Compressed/ Disabled
I am against this feature. First you may run into citation-problems like the mentioned article 17 (ex 13), second you would be nothing better that fakebook by stealing other peoples content. If I want to see my content on Openbook, I will post it there, if not, you should not do it yourself by showing some unlicensed previews.
@Frank: The link tax was tried out in Germany and Spain for a couple of years already, failed miserably.
People get actually less clicks on their websites/blogs/articles when no preview is available. It's not about stealing content but simply showing a title an enticing image and a brief subtitle to the link. All of these things configurable by the publisher using <meta> tags.
In regards to the implementation of the directive and how it's adopted it's now a matter of national governments, whereas in The Netherlands where we're based, they were strongly opposed to it.
We'll see how it plays out. It's a 2 year period for implementation.
@Joel Levi Hernández Fernández: I know that, but that did not stoped them from trying again. Article 11 of the new copyright directive featured exactly that. If you search for "Ancillary Copyright" and limit it to the last month you will see what I mean. I also know from my own experience that links with a preview get more clicks, but a) that is a price I am willing to pay and b) I don't get why you are so interested in outbound traffic. If people just post links to their external content, they are abusing openbook as an advertising-platform. I saw it more as a place where you create (a special kind of) content, maybe with a link to further information on the end, but not just drop a link, hope for the preview to catch enough attention and leave.
@Frank: Well, we can certainly make it a configurable feature you can enable/disable.
@Joel Levi Hernández Fernández: Maybe just try it and see what you get out of it. And I mean that in a positive way, if you don't invest too much in it, give it a shot and see how it works with your target audience.
I am just afraid of openbook loosing his USPs if it copies too much of things other platforms got in trouble (at least for me) with. I have high hopes that it could be a social network with mostly user generated content and not with too much external or copied/shared content like other networks. Maybe I am missing the old blogosphere too much where it was less content but created from the person that wrote her name under it, and people nowadays need more content of the same kind all over the place, who knows, I am just an old fart. I surely did not hang my heart on this feature as dicussing against a simple sharing-button ;)
@Joel Levi Hernández Fernández: Do you know how for example an austrian law would affect you? I really need to look into that as I am not sure which law you would need to follow if you offer your service for example in austria or germany.
@Frank: Let's try and tweak for the best as we go. , we can always tweak things up. I personally don't want this to become a newsfeed and will work to prevent this, but do see some usefulness in sharing a link to something the Openbook might not be able to do yet, like a full blown article, music or a video.
@Frank: It's all about the national state we're based in :-), a weaknesses now perhaps an advantage of the EU 😬.
@Joel Levi Hernández Fernández: That is a good point to have it during this early phase where it is for example not possible to post a video yet, and revisti it later.
I'd also like to have a link preview but with the option to disable it.
@Trackah123 I don't think that's going to be a problem. The link previews use information specified by the owner. The problem that the European Union is trying to solve is when Google indexes a page and almost the entire article is posted on Google News. As a result, visitors to google news will no longer go to the website because they have already obtained sufficient information from what google has indexed. It becomes completely problematic when Google also earns from it.
I wonder how this will work with the EU Article 13 "Link-Tax" on the long run, tho Link-Tax seems mainly focused on previews of news-based websites.
Hmmm, the preview should ideally be generated on the server, to ensure privacy. (Because then the users device won’t ping the webpage mentioned in a post) Of course this preview can be generated once and cached.
Also applies for other links, e.g. Tweets or YouTube videos.