Mozilla Labs introduced Ubiquity today. What is Ubiquity? Not really sure but it seems to be/do the following:
-It is a natural language command interface for Firefox.
-Words invoke commands that interact with API’s and social networks
-A cool way to create mashups on the fly that communicate your intent
-A new way to interact with Local information
It appears that like all command driven interfaces you need to learn something and that will slow adoption. As Robert Scobie points out it is only for the passionate users who want to be more productive. He says: What is it? Itâ€™s a box that lets you ask different questions and get answers. Itâ€™s sort of like search. But far more powerful.
But here are the examples that caught my eye:
The ability to create a personalized map with directions on the fly without doing the heavy lifting of going to Google Maps, entering the address etc etc appeals to me. A one stop shop to share local information with your friends and social network.
Hmm, what do you think? Will it, or something like it, gain widespread adoption? Will it lead the way to increased integration of social networks and local into our every day routines of communication? Or will it just be too much commitment for most people to learn?