5 Ways to Use Ubiquity for Getting Things Done

Ubiquity is a new Firefox add-on that attempts to fix problems with the usability of the web. Developers and users alike can extend the web as they see fit. It allows you to control the web using regular language.

With search, you type what you want to find. With Ubiquity, you type what you want to do.

Here are a few ways that this new Firefox add-on can help you get things done and boost your productivity.

Schedule an Appointment

You can easily add an event to your Google Calendar using the add-to-calendar command. Simply describe your task in plain english:

add-to-calendar lunch with Louis and Scoble on Thursday

Check Your Calendar

Make sure you’re available for upcoming events with the check-calendar:

check-calendar thursday

Fire Off an Email

Sometimes I keep Gmail open in case I need to send an email real quick, but that’s no good for staying focused and on task. Ubiquity gives us the email command to make the process easier. Send a quick message by specifying a message and a contact from Gmail:

email Rahsheen is an awesome musician. Check him out. to Diddy

You can also select text and images from the page you’re on and do something like:

email this to Kyle

Add a Task to Remember The Milk

Being somewhat of a Remember The Milk fanatic, the first thing I looked for was a way to add tasks to my list. Google led me to this command:

rtm Finish mixing new song

Send a Message on Twitter

It’s possible that some people use Twitter to accomplish things besides broadcasting when they create a new blog post. For those people, you can use Ubiquity to send a tweet like this:

twitter I just ate a mango

Tying it All Together

Visit Mozilla Labs for an Introduction to Ubiquity. I recommend watching the video first. It doesn’t really make sense until you see it in action.

All of the commands above are included with Ubiquity except for the Remember The Milk command, which you can find in the Ubiquity Wiki. You’ll also find a plethora of other commands for your perusal.

Installing new commands is as simple as visiting a web page once you have the add-on installed.

Are you already using Ubiquity to increase your productivity? Tell me about it.

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  • Once I installed it, Firefox crashed every five minutes. Got on my nerves so bad, I just uninstalled it and now Firefox is fine. I wasn’t able to check it out very well, so I have no idea how much I would have used it. 🙁

  • Once I installed it, Firefox crashed every five minutes. Got on my nerves so bad, I just uninstalled it and now Firefox is fine. I wasn’t able to check it out very well, so I have no idea how much I would have used it. 🙁

  • Once I installed it, Firefox crashed every five minutes. Got on my nerves so bad, I just uninstalled it and now Firefox is fine. I wasn’t able to check it out very well, so I have no idea how much I would have used it. 🙁

  • It does make FireFox incredibly unstable. And yet, I love it. Great how-to Rahsheen!

  • It does make FireFox incredibly unstable. And yet, I love it. Great how-to Rahsheen!

  • It does make FireFox incredibly unstable. And yet, I love it. Great how-to Rahsheen!

  • Rahsheen, given the great integration of Lijit (let us know if you need anything) and the intro to Ubiquity, thought you might find this post by one of our developers interesting. http://www.techniqal.com/blog/2008/08/27/ubiquity-for-firefox-is-everything/

    Let me know what you think!

  • Rahsheen, given the great integration of Lijit (let us know if you need anything) and the intro to Ubiquity, thought you might find this post by one of our developers interesting. http://www.techniqal.com/blog/2008/08/27/ubiquity-for-firefox-is-everything/

    Let me know what you think!

  • Rahsheen, given the great integration of Lijit (let us know if you need anything) and the intro to Ubiquity, thought you might find this post by one of our developers interesting. http://www.techniqal.com/blog/2008/08/27/ubiquity-for-firefox-is-everything/

    Let me know what you think!

  • Kelly and Leslie, I didn’t notice any Firefox instability, but the plugin itself did have some bugs. It’s still not perfect, but it appears to be getting regular updates. I think it depends a lot on what add-ons you have installed.

    Micah, thanks for the link. I’m always looking for new commands to make Ubiquity more useful. Hopefully, I’ll be creating some of my own soon.

    Thank you all for your input!

  • Kelly and Leslie, I didn’t notice any Firefox instability, but the plugin itself did have some bugs. It’s still not perfect, but it appears to be getting regular updates. I think it depends a lot on what add-ons you have installed.

    Micah, thanks for the link. I’m always looking for new commands to make Ubiquity more useful. Hopefully, I’ll be creating some of my own soon.

    Thank you all for your input!