Let's Push Things Forward

Maximizing social utility for fun and (modest) profit

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this should be gimmie's 'People' section.

"this should be gimmie's 'People' section".

I couldn't agree more. Travis, why don't you contact Gimmie devs and work together?


Seems like a waste of time.

Just another "social thingy".

But, you can always dream.

Good luck.

Denny Crane


Cool concept. An idea that I just had is, it would be cool to have F-Spot support. So I can see all photos from one person with a single click.

IM integration


I'm working on Empathy, an IM client using telepathy and Mission Control. The main goal of the project is to integrate IM into the GNOME desktop by providing an API and GTK widgets that can be used in any program.

Merging together EDS information and IM information into one Person object is one of my goal too. For example we should be able to display only one contact per *real* person instead of one for the MSN account, Jabber account, evolution address book, etc. All that information should be merged into one Person entity.

If you are interested by that concept please work with me on empathy ! You can contact us via IRC on #telepathy irc.freenode.net

Have a nice day ;)

Xavier Claessens.


Hi Travis

Just my feeling about your interface: (I have no idea of the Gnome guideline, so forgive me if I don't respect it...)

I don't think the main buttons should be at the top. This "double bar" (actions+new/delete) looks a bit heavy to me. Why not put the actions on the right or at the bottom? Or maybe appearing around the face/icons with some bling bling effects? I like simple interfaces where things appear only when you can really use them.

Did you also think about multi-selection? You select three persons, and you can email them together, or instant message them at the same time with the same message?

Good luck in your development!

Look promising, is the Telepathy integration already done or is it still a TODO ?
Also is the code already avaible so we can test it?


I have to say, Soylent is an awesome name for this project. I haven't seen the movie but I should add it to my Netflix queue..

how about a people selector dialog for starters

I don't so often "browse" people (except on Facebook and Myspace, natch) at least not in the way that I browse documents (on the web) or files (when re-organizing, getting an overview). What I do with contacts all the time, is select them. I select people I want to chat with, people I want to send email to, people I want to talk to or schedule a meeting with.

Aside: is that only because I don't already have a people browser?

A standard people selector dialog (like the toolkit-standard file selector dialog the shows up when I open or save a file in any old application today) would be nice to have. Textual email address completion in the email client is nice, but selection by hackergotchi could be nicer (particularly if you're "not good with names"!). Many IM clients have a buddy list with icons, it'd be nice (familiar, unsurprising) if those all used a standard widget. When I'm tagging photos that include pictures of people in my contact list, and likewise when retrieving photos by tag, if I'm looking for a photo of a person, and I use the person selector widget every other time I "do things with people" then I'll know where to find them quickly.

Blah blah and so on... a minimal, generic "person selector" dialog, just like the file selector, but for people.


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