Social Aggregation of Data

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at
Wed May 30 15:44:21 UTC 2012

On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 4:58 AM, Jacky Alciné <jacky.alcine at>wrote:

> I've been using KDE for quite some time and I personally really, really
> love
> the environment. Everything's nicely tucked together, especially with
> contact
> communication and what not. However, I do feel like it's missing some
> elements. For example, when I browse the Web via rekonq, I noticed that a
> menu
> option to share the currently viewed URL appears. By semantics, I figured
> that
> it would allow me to pick a service to send this URL to and go about my
> way.
> It opened up a composer for KMail. Now, I wasn't totally upset, I was
> planning
> on e-mailing the link anyways. But there's links that I'd like to just
> tweet
> or share on Facebook (or D*). I figured that something like a social media
> module of sorts with plug-ins for different platforms (could use KNewStuff
> to
> add more services) that could hook into KMainWindow or provide a special UI
> element that, with a specific medium of data, would redistribute the
> content in
> question. For example, if there's a image on my computer that I downloaded
> from my camera, without having to open Gwenview, I could just right-click
> the
> image, select "Share...", pick a service (given that the image is uploaded
> as
> well) and watch the job occur in the background.
> Ideas? Rants? Insults? :D All welcome.

This sounds like a good idea to me.  I think that this is a logical place
to use  a "servicemenu".  A servicemenu adds an option to a menu popup.  It
can specify what kind of file (MIME-type) it applies to.  You could set one
up so that in dolphin if you right-click a file it will offer to share it.
If the user chooses to share it, it is now up to your program to offer a
collection of ways to share.

I think that is a good idea.  That is the way my phone works, and it is
pretty handy.  Go for it.

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