Mozilla’s Ubiquity project is the best thing since sliced bread. it’s a command line for the web. download the plugin, learn the keyboard shortcut, and you’ll never go to ‘google.com’ again. really nice shortcuts for Wikipedia, Google Maps, TinyURL and a lot of convenient services, with keyword completion
PingFM made the great decision to give each user a secret API key. it’s not OpenID by any stretch, but you don’t have to reveal your password. grab it from the Application keys link under Services / Tools (http://ping.fm/key), apply it to the ‘
pingfm-key‘ shortcut, and then the ‘
pingfm‘ shortcut does the posting aggregation for you. it just sends raw text, so the ‘@s’, ‘@m’ shortcodes work as well
so nice & convenient. much thanks to everyone involved in putting these things together!