Wonder why Apple didn’t allow for plug-ins for the “Share” functionality in OS X? Or for iOS as far as that goes. For security and quality, both could be app store only plug-ins.
For instance, what if we could add plug-ins that offer the ability to share date by means other than Twitter, Messages, email and FaceBook? Examples are services like Pinterest, Evernote, Box.net, Dropbox, Google+, Salesforce.com‘s Chatter and any other services that come up in the future.
Or what if we could download plug-ins that would let us export from Pages in formats other than Word, PDF, RTF, Plain Text and ePub? The point is that Sharing would be far more flexible and future-proof if it were an open application programming interface (API) rather than a hard wired one. (Thanks to J. Scott Alexander for the inspiration for today’s column.)