A prototype of the Ubiquity extension for Firefox was released today. This is still version 0.1 so things do not work perfectly. The potential for this is enormous and the Internet has been buzzing about it all day.
It is my understanding that Ubiquity basically allows you to mashup various components of the web via a command line interface that is integrated with the browser. As the video outlines, if you want to make a lunch appointment with your friend via Gmail (it does not currently work with other email clients) you can insert a map to the location, a review of the restaurant, and add the appointment to your google calendar from within the body of the email using the extension. Prior to this, you would need to add links to these various objects by opening news tabs and cutting and pasting the information.
Please watch the video for a better explanation of how it works.
How to Use Twitter with Ubiquity
I am using Firefox 3. I have not tested Ubiquity with other versions. I am also using Windows. If you are using a Mac please read this section of the tutorial.
- Install Ubiquity
- Restart Firefox (ugh)
- A tutorial will open when you restart the browser. If you are at all interested in Ubiquity, I highly recommend reading it.
- Ctrl + Spacebar opens Ubiquity
- Type Twitter and the message you want to send and then Enter
- The first time you do this during a browser session a dialog box will open asking for your twitter username and password. Fill that in and select OK.
- Your tweet will be sent.
Obviously, this lacks most of the functionality of the web version of Twitter or a client such as Tweetdeck but you can send a quick message while surfing or working on an article without leaving your work. I’m typing along, think of something, hit Ctrl+Enter and send my message without having to leave what I’m doing. Since this is only version 0.1 the functionality is only going to increase and it really has the potential to change the way that we currently use the Internet.
Closing Tip: Type about:ubiquity into the address bar to get more information and a list of all the commands that are pre-installed.
- Introducing Ubiquity
- Ubiquity in Depth
- Ubiquity 0.1 User Tutorial
- Mozilla Labs’ Aza Raskin talks about the big picture for Ubiquity
photo credit: moriza