[wishlist] create a "to read" queue or a way to save specific messages

Bug #731552 reported by Tom Metro on 2011-03-08
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gwibber (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Typical Gwibber use case for me:
1. review new messages.
2. click on links of interest.
3. go back to doing other work.

The end result is that I end up with a pile of browser windows open, and taking up resources, which I may not get to for a while. The ephemeral nature of the messages shown by Gwibber encourages this behavior, because if you don't click on them when you first see them, the message will likely be gone later when you have time to read the reference content.

What I'd like to be able to do is save specific messages in a "to read" queue for later perusal.

The proper long term solution for this probably requires waiting for the Gwibber message storage infrastructure to be rewritten. If message storage was available, then some UI action (menu, drag-drop, etc.) could move the message to the "to read" queue.

A short term hack would be:
1. Create a small application that takes URLs on the command line and adds them to a queue, with some sort of GUI that lets you manage the queue.
2. Configure Gwibber to open links with the queue application instead of the default web browser.

Is #2 possible currently with Gwibber, or would it require code modifications? (I don't see any options in the UI for specifying the browser application.)

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-04-06
affects: gwibber → gwibber (Ubuntu)
Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Tom Metro (tmetro+ubuntu) wrote :

Another way to go on this would be Read It Later/Pocket/Instapaper/and similar service integration.

It would need some config UI to set up an article saving service. Thereafter you can right-click on a link and select "Add to [service]" from the context manu. Perhaps even declaring a shortcut key that will modift a normal link click to use a service instad of opening a browser. An option to set the defaut click response to use a chosen service would also be helpful.

(Whether Gwibber takes responsibility for resolving redirects before handing it to the service is a question that would need to be resolved. Some services may already handle this.)

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