Poor design or versatile design?


Recently, GitHub enrolled me into one of their beta features, a new site wide navigation on github.com. I noticed something odd in their navigation sidebar. Their “Upgrade” link uses the “Outbox” icon.

The next day, I noticed that twitter.com uses the same icon for Sharing tweets.

This got interesting and I started looking for web pages where this icon was being used. Google’s Bard uses it to export responses.

Safari uses it to share a web page.

Font awesome suggests that it’s the “upload” icon.

iOS uses it for sharing a screenshot.

Google Chrome uses a variant of it for “upload” functionality.

LinkedIn’s iOS app uses it for post sharing.

So, I’m not sure what the right usage for this icon is. If someone familiar with it could enlighten me, that’d be great.

Operating Systems and their default Browsers

Testing various Operating Systems has always been something that I enjoyed. This enjoyment of mine led me to install and test Operating Systems such as Mac OS X 10.6.2, Chromium OS, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (Will be trying out Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat soon) and ofcourse my favorite Windows 7. Oh, and all these Operating Systems are installed on my Laptop (Dell Vostro 1320). I have taken the screenshots of all the installed Operating Systems on my laptop along with their default web browsers.

[1] Mac OS X 10.6.2 w/ Apple Safari

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