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With Ubiquity, Mozilla Makes Mashups More Accessible

For an introduction to Mozilla Labs creation Ubiquity, watch this video called, Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us. In it, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch delves into the commonplace activities creating, consuming and sharing information online. He helps us reflect on how revolutionary these activities are.

Ubiquity enables us to add the next layer of richness to our everyday communications. The application will help people combine the functions of different websites. To share a map with someone, for example, I can insert it directly in an email, instead of just linking to it. A lot of web applications make it easy for developers to adapt their function using an API. Ubiquity users don’t have to mess with APIs to create mashups, or even know what an API is.

The way it’s described, it sounds a little like Quicksilver, the program helps Mac users trigger applications and processes more efficiently. Any Quicksilver users out there? Once people get the hang of Quicksilver, they tend to rave about how awesome it is. Ubiquity will work a little differently, because Mozilla Labs head of user experience Aza Raskin wants Ubiquity to use natural language for commands. He wants it to work how people intuitively think that it should.

Ubiquity is still in development, and it will be exciting to watch it progress. As useful as it promises to be for desktop users, mobile users stand to benefit even more. Ubiquity will help people do more in fewer clicks, and with less typing. That’s a big win for people interacting with web resources with less screen real estate, smaller keyboards and less power.

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2 Responses to "With Ubiquity, Mozilla Makes Mashups More Accessible"

  • Andrew Miller
    January 12, 2009 - 4:07 pm Reply

    I’m glad other people are as excited about this as I am. The prototype is cool, but I’m sure the first release will be even better and more useful.

  • Jason Young
    jyoung
    January 12, 2009 - 4:35 pm Reply

    Totally. Ubiquity’s potential is way more exciting than its current functionality. Nice post. Interesting take on Chrome too. Sometimes I get so excited about new apps that I lose sight of whether they’re likely to be of any consequences in the long term. I agree that Ubiquity seems like a really big deal.

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