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Ubiquity: Thank You

Last Tuesday, the community working on Ubiquity was five people. Half of us had never met face-to-face, we spanned three continents, and had written a couple dozen commands. Today, our community is thousands strong with contributes in every time zone. Innovation is pouring in from all directions—we’ve had thousands of commands written for Ubiquity; commands that fundamentally enhance the functionality of the browser. In under a week, we have a roughly comparable number of Ubiquity commands as there are Firefox extensions. That’s an amazing achievement. It highlights the power of enabling innovation edges and empowering such a generative community.

Wow. Simply wow. And thank you, everyone in the community. We all deserve a giant glass of champagne.

Mozilla Labs is a shared space for exploring future user experiences of the open Web. We don’t just have community—we are the community. A number of folks have said that the Ubiquity-style interaction heralds the beginning of Web 3.0. While that’s a bit too buzz-wordy for our tastes, with over a hundred thousand users, we do have a critical mass; one that that begins to shift the web from being site-centric to being task-centric.

Update

This weekend, the community was able to push out Ubiquity 0.1.1. You’ll be updated automatically if you’ve already installed Ubiquity; otherwise, you can get the latest version here.

Expect some major upgrades to the the Herd—Ubiquity’s command finder and dashboard service soon.

Some Links To Awesomeness

There has been too much awesomeness created by everyone in the community to highlight it all. I’ll call out just a spattering:

There is Lani Anglin-Rosales’s Top 35 Ubiquity Commands; Leslie Orchard’s walkthrough for creating a Delicious Ubiquity command; and Waleed Zuberi’s super-useful Ping.fm command. There’s Vladimir Prelovac’s open command, which shows how Ubiquity can be used to interact with the page’s current context; and, Robert Chen’s Xkcd command. Because, who doesn’t want the instant ability to insert obligatory Xkcd references. (Now, if it only let me insert the actually comic image instead of a link to one.)

Yatrik Solanki has done some wonderful design work and has turned us onto enabling skinning support for Ubiquity.

Abi Raja’s has made the excellent Keyscape which shows how Ubiquity can be used to write full-featured Firefox extensions. He’s also put out an amazing hack to enable command chaining. (Abi is one of the five original virtual team members.)

Finally, Skumleren.net has made some scientific ubiquity commands. I have a soft-spot in my heart for beautifully typeset equations. It’s my math and physics background, I’m sure. But it makes me knees weak. I’m looking forward to being able to plot from inside Ubiquity.

If others have contributions they’d like to call out, put them in the comments section or blog about them.

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Thanks for the mention, Aza!
You’re too kind…now I can’t wait for v1.0!



Zack

So I actually toyed around for Ubiquity for the first time today. After playing around with it, at first, I thought, “hmm, this is kinda cool.”

Τότε ανακάλυψε το ένθετο-μετάφραση εργαλείο. Νέα μου σκέψεις: “Αχ, είστε απλά κοροϊδεύουμε μου.”


Random thought: could you make the command line dynamically highlight/bolden/underline words it was going to interpret as special (e.g. it, that)?

So if you typed “twitter What is that?” and the that was highlighted, you’d have a visual clue that it wasn’t about to do exactly what you wanted.


There is no price for coolness! GO Ubiquity!


That is amazing! A truly remarkable achievement. However, I must say, before you pop the cork, I suggest that priority number one, even before bug fixes and updates, should be getting a handle on all these commands. Right now there is no organization to the Herd. I feel increasingly uncomfortable with this. There really needs to be something, even if it’s just a clone of delicious, magnolia, or reddit. Some feeds don’t even provide source code or commentary on the feed page. That is just asking for trouble.


I agree with rowanrook about the Herd. It’s very important that a trusted source for finding new commands be established while Ubiquity is still in its early stages.

There needs to be some sort of user moderation, as well as some “rules” for publishing a command. For one thing, explaining what the command does exactly should be done clearly on the page where it can be subscribed to.

I’m glad you find my Ping.fm command useful! Thanks for the mention!

- Waleed



Philip Ganchev

Could Ubiquity be made to access FF’s menu items, so one can automatically search for and invoke a menu item instead of looking through the menus? For example you type “Down” and see a result “Downloads”. Type “jav” and see “Enable Java” and “Disable Javascript”. When you choose something from the preferences, it could bring up the preference panel with the right tab and the right control focused, so you just have to activate it.

This idea was inspired by Archy way back, and I suggested it to Gimp and OpenOffice, but I think I will have to implement it :-)



HCl

hi,
ubiquity has become a need and a part of my daily life and I wanted to thank and all the ubiquity community for that.
I wanted to suggest an extension for the tiny-url command. What if instead of selecting a url, this command would work with a link, so that if you select a link and call the tiny-url command, a tiny-url would be created for the url contained in that link. does that make sense??
thanks again :)


Ubiquity will change forever the way of surfing the web.
Now, one question, what is happening with Herd Search is not working? The truth is that it is a very useful tool for search Ubiquity Verbs.
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That is amazing! A truly remarkable achievement. However, I must say, before you pop the cork, I suggest that priority number one, even before bug fixes and updates, should be getting a handle on all these commands. Right now there is no organization to the Herd. I feel increasingly uncomfortable with this. There really needs to be something, even if it’s just a clone of delicious, magnolia, or reddit. Some feeds don’t even provide source code or commentary on the feed page. That is just asking for trouble.


If others have contributions they’d like to call out, put them in the comments section or blog about them.


I agree with rowanrook about the Herd. It’s very important that a trusted source for finding new commands be established while Ubiquity is still in its early stages.


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