Fuck Gyazo

by AJ "Tyron" Martinez @ worldsbe.st • October 8 2017

Gyazo is the worst screenshot uploader in human history. At best, it’s inconvenient, slow, and missing features: at worst, it’s a bandwidth-draining malware risk for everyone who views your images. There is absolutely no reason to use it unless you’re too lazy to spend 5 minutes installing another program.

This tab slowed to a crawl while running tracking scripts and downloading ads, including a minute-long video?

The alternative: ShareX

ShareX is fast, flexible, and can upload to almost any file host. It’s just as powerful as Gyazo out-of-the-box, but it also has a lot of features that Gyazo doesn’t:

If you still absolutely refuse to switch from Gyazo (perhaps because it’s holding your images hostage?), at least link people directly to your images.3 You’ll still have to deal with Gyazo’s slow servers and missing features, but at least your laziness will inconvenience other people slightly less.

  1. Not everyone has a gigabit connection. Slow 3G internet access is ubiquitous, and if you live in the US, it’s almost guaranteed to be data-capped. Lightweight pages are important. ↩︎

  2. Ad blockers aren’t available on every platform, and many people don’t use them out of ignorance or misguided morals. When you share images with Gyazo, you’re not just wasting bandwidth and CPU cycles: you’re putting these people at risk of malvertising, the most common malware risk. ↩︎

  3. Right-click your screenshot and copy the URL, then send that instead of the link Gyazo gives you. A direct link to the file will display nicely in all modern browsers, without Gyazo’s bloat or advertising, but you may give up rich embeds in certain applications.4 ↩︎

  4. Another reason to just bite the bullet and switch instead of halfassing. Gyazo embeds are kinda shit anyway. Why the hell do I need to see the name of the uploader twice? ↩︎