By Mayukh Bhaowal, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Mail
Plain blue links aren’t too exciting on their own, but they often lead to the most interesting content in an email. Now, Yahoo Mail offers a preview of that content right in your inbox. Today, we are excited to announce that plain blue links in Mail are a thing of the past as we introduce a visual, informative link preview in Yahoo Mail for the web.
Now, when you share a link in Yahoo Mail, you will see a title, image and short snippet from that web page. For example, if you share a Flickr link, you will see a beautiful preview image, if you share a Wikipedia article, you will see a title and description of the article, and if you share an Airbnb listing, you’ll see a preview of the listing. Link preview works for articles, images and videos.
To try it out, simply paste the link to the article, photo or video you wish to share in the email you are composing and you will see a link preview appear. The recipient can see the link preview on either webmail or on a mobile device. Recipients can even play videos right within the email message.
When you paste or type in a link, it will be replaced with a descriptive title. You can easily go back by clicking on the link and deleting the display text in the Link Options.
The link preview card is available in two sizes. By default, the larger preview card is presented, but you can quickly toggle to the smaller card by clicking on the arrow icon in the right corner of the card. You can also delete the preview card by clicking the X icon in the top right corner of the card.
If you don’t want to use the link preview feature at all, you can turn it off in the Settings menu.
We currently support link preview for thousands of publishers and websites including Facebook, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia, and, of course, Flickr, Tumblr and all Yahoo sites. We’re adding more publishers and websites all the time, so check back often. Or, better yet, let us know which publishers you’d like us to add here.
We hope this makes your email more fun and productive. We’re gradually rolling it out to U.S. webmail users and are looking forward to your feedback on it.