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More like "the only time I care about electricity is when taking a battery from one device and putting it in another".

If there was a way to tell Chrome "Share this website on Skype to this person" or "Send this to this-or-that IRC channel" I would never care about the URL. The only reason I interact with it is because I want to share the page with someone specific (rather than using a spamming/sharing widget).

But I never manipulate the URL directly, or care about its specific parts.

Hell, if there was a keyboard shortcut for "put reference to current page on copypaste stack" I'd never click the URL at all.




I guess, but that seems far, far more ugly than the elegance of copy paste. Copy-paste doesn't require special implementation, or inter-app compatibility, or anything special or extra.

Why are moving away from powerful and flexible systems that allow us to consume and produce? Why is the trend so constantly towards sealed, black-box, consumption exclusive habits? It makes me so sad to see.


* Dev tools get better and better, giving you better insights into other peoples websites than ever before. One-click to make a minified JS file readable? Awesome!

* Web apps get more complex, giving you the ability to work & create on the web, Google docs let you literally stop mid-sentence, switch the device and keep writing your essay on the go

* Tumblr, wikipedia, twitter, - all relatively recent additions to the web and definitely not "consumption exclusive"

I'm not sure where your "consumption exclusive" comes from. I'd call it just "inclusive". The web tries to be for everyone, and that includes people who couldn't care less about a 20 character hex id when they want to write up their great concept for developing rural areas in Rumania. Sure, you will always have more consumers than producers on the grand scale of things. But I'm failing to see any reason to see recent trends as anything close to what you describe.


if there was a keyboard shortcut for "put reference to current page on copypaste stack" I'd never click the URL at all

C-l (lower case L) to select the URL and then C-c to copy is one way to do this on many systems without without clicking anything.


FWIW, commands like the ones you mentioned used to be possible with the ubiquity extension for firefox. Good times.


Well, just to add a counter-opinion, I find myself often manipulating URLs directly, if only to truncate them.


If there was a way to tell Chrome "Share this website on Skype to this person" or "Send this to this-or-that IRC channel" I would never care about the URL.

Yes, android's intent system is neat. But after years of experience with it, it's sadly not a pancea.




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