With mobile devices, there are (at least) 2 kinds of user actions that could be called "shake"

  1. Shaking the device itself
  2. Shaking some draggable item (à la Windows 7 shake-to-minimize-other-windows)

I can't come up with any sensible names to differentiate these two actions. Does anybody know of reasonable terms for these actions?

  • How common is shaking some draggable item? What real-world action corresponds to this metaphor?
    – dnbrv
    Mar 26, 2012 at 19:56
  • I don't know that there's a direct real-world action that corresponds well, but after seeing it used in Windows, it got me curious as to how it might work on a mobile platform. IMO it's a garbage feature on the desktop, but it strikes me as a potential alternative for some of the awkward or unintuitive mobile gestures I see in abundance (triple tap, multi-finger swipe, combinations of short/long press).
    – Chris Bye
    Mar 26, 2012 at 20:15
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    That's my point: don't clog your mind with uncommon, strange, confusing interactions.
    – dnbrv
    Mar 26, 2012 at 20:51
  • It doesn't seem as obviously as bad as the common gestures I see elsewhere, at least worth exploring in a few contexts.
    – Chris Bye
    Mar 27, 2012 at 1:08

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Jiggle seems like the word that an interface would use to describe shaking a dragable item. According to wolfram alpha, jiggle means

  1. noun - a slight irregular shaking motion
  2. verb - move to and fro

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