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[20061122] An idea for saving our sanity (our == people using chat/IM)
You probably know the situation: you're hanging out on IRC or any other chat or IM, and someone tosses an URL, without any context or further words:
   ... idling ...
   ...
   <dork> http://www.blabla.com/
   <you> WTF?!
   ...
   ... idling ...  
As most URLs are semantically pretty worthless, the only way to find out what the tosser wanted to tell is by selecting the link and pasting it into your browser (or just clicking on it, if you're into such things).

Now here's an idea to fix this: The problem comes from the fact that people just cut the URL from their browser's address bar. Now, what if taking an address from the browser would not only take the URL, but some useful text, like the URL's title. Which is already loaded and displayed right now anyways, or which could probably be loaded when right-clicking on an URL and selecting "Copy Link Location" in Firefox. I.e. the idea is to have something like "bla bla bla - http://www.blabla.com/" copied, instead of just "http://www.blabla.com/":

   ... idling ...
   ...
   <dork> bla bla bla - http://www.blabla.com/
    * you is instantly enlightened!
   ...
   ... idling ...  
Now if that was done, doing the reverse would probably be easy: when pasting an URL into Firefox, drop everything but the last word, and then use that as the URL to load.

=> more meaning of URLs in chats, international understanding, peace on earth!

(If someone earns a lot of money from this idea, I'd like to get a share of it :-)

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