How to get thumbnails of webpages automatically

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simpleapiThis is a great little utility/tool/hack called SimpleAPI. It takes a snap of a webpage, creates a thumbnail and lets you embed it on your page. They provide all the html code so all you have to do is copy and paste it into your page/blog. Why is this important? Because a blog entry without an image looks boring.

It doesn’t seem to like taking a picture of itself so the thumbnail top right is taken using Pearl Crescent’s dandy Page Server extension in Firefox. However, here’s this blog as seen by the system:

Don’t you just love those rounded corners?

The SimpleAPI thumbnail generator only seems to be able do 5 thumbnails on a page – which is probably a good limit for their bandwidth and servers. The site’s Japanese so I apologise but I have not read the manual!

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