Awareness Icons

This idea borrows and extends media items as found in Notification Collage and Community Bar.

The idea is to have something equivalent to a media item but self contained. That is, imagine an icon that 'wraps' information, and can be dragged and dropped through IM or email to others. Those people immediately have a link to that source.

A variation is to embed these things in something like Google Sidebar or MS Gadgets

Architectural questions include: -how to make a generic wrapper (e.g., as with CB Media items) -the communication mechanism (Shared Dict central server? RPC? Direct communication?) -Going beyond the three views (i.e., growing a window gives greater reveal, with the three views just giving convenient snapshots?