Awareness Icons

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(:title 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?