As it happens a lot that you get a link from a friend saying “Look at this cute cat” and once you open the picture you actually get to see a “big pink dog”, I went on and tested some of the most visited news sites in Germany to see if it’s possible to share a specific image out of a gallery just by copying the URL from the address field.
Here is what I came up with.
I tried to share Image 4 in this gallery. Impossible as you always get to see the first image. #fail
Here I tried to share Image 6 from this gallery. Nope, again no chance to share this specific image. #fail
On this site I wanted to share this image of a wale. And surprise, surprise this is the first image I can share between different devices. #good
Seems like we now have a run. Sharing this picture works like a charm as well. #good
Oh look at the tiger on picture 4. What you actually see is not a tiger at all but some other animals. On my Android 2.3 device you even have to close 2 Pop-ups (asking if you want to install the App) before you get to the article, but no wonder still no tigers. #fail
Here I tried to share picture 13. Unfortunately this is not possible, as you always get to see the first picture, on mobile the same of course. #fail
Results are frustrating
To sum it up, out of 7 tested sites only 2 provided me with a link to a specific image which I could share with whatever device I like. One (spiegel.de) is doing his job on desktop, but once you go mobile they fail completely. As a side note – sueddeutsche.de was the only gallery where you could use your keyboard to navigate through the images, which is a terrible quota.
I am really the only one who is pissed of, that fancy effects seems way more important than some of the basics? I absolutely hope not.