Got a Flock invite!

Flock was supposed to post this on my blog….but it never did, so I am just copy n pasting the post manualy.

Here is the post:

grrrr…..had written this long post, but as usual didn’t save it (darrrnnnn…..this is a preview version, it is supposed to crash)

Let me try recalling what I wrote :(

A few days ago, I signed up for flock and today I got an invite for a preview, so far it looks good (yea, it crashed on me atleast once so far)

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1. They were successful in making me signup @ delicious, flock uses delicious as favs (wrote a lot of stuff b4, now dunn feel like)

2. It has a create a blog post button and you can post on ur blog thru it (thats wot am doin rt. now.) I was really impressed by the way it found my xmlrpc.php as I gave it my blog url. One dosen’t need to know rocket science to do that, you prolly need to research a bit on the common blogging platforms and you can find out a way to locate the rpc files automatically, but it was cool!

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3. You can Enter Tags, along with the post. I am not sure, what will be done with the tags? I have a tags plugin @ WP, would they be posted there? I guess not. Most prolly they are for technorati, but how would they be used? Also, it is not mentioned if the tags have to be space seperated or comma seperated or somethingElse seperated. I think it will be cool to see something like this in the input field (instead of that Enter Tags) [“Enter Tags” Related Tags]. This would describe the way tags need to be formatted.

4. There is a Flickr Photos bar, which can be enabled thru the blog post. It shows all the thumbnails of images of a specified flick username. From what I have observed, it loads all the images as soon as you click “Get Photos” button, while it just shows 9-11 latest (depends on the size of ur window) images only and the rest can be scrolled horizontally. The sudden downloading of bunch of thumbnails froze my system for a sec or 2. I have abt 100 pix, may b more) but I am wondering if there is a limit to the # of images downloaded or does flock dls all the images. What if someone got 1000+ images? That would kill the comp. I think it will be helpful to download the first (say) 15 images right away and the rest, either when the person scrolls, or at a very slow rate. I was hoping to get latest images for a specified tag, but I am sure it might be under dev. as it makes more sense to get images sorted using tags, than users.

5. Don’t like flickr? there is a thing called “Blog Topbar” for you. It is a list of latest posts from your blog (the one u r posting to, I think). Initially I couldn’t understand its use…..but now I noticed that you can rite click the posts and edit/delete them thru flock’s UI. It also has a tiny button at top right (w/o any alt tag, I think it shud have 1), which is a refresh button for the posts. I haven’t tried the box called “Drop Stuff to blog it!” yet, I’ll try it once I post this post successfully.

6. Flock blog post has a few buttons for formatting. All with alt tags, except the last 2 (link and unlink). I think they were missed somehow. I was kind of upset that the blog post doesn’t have an HTML view of my post and then “by accident” I found the hidden HTML frame. Its really hidden. Its good 2 c HTML.

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7. Saved my post once again now, “Save as Draft” shows a message something – publishing your post. I think it shud be changed to something like “saving draft”. Also, I would like the window, not to be closed when I click “Save as Draft”, instead it should simply save it and let me keep writing more stuff, if I need to close the wondow, I can use the X button anytime.

Random Fact: I missed it earlier, you can have more than one blogs configured w/ flock, but I don’t think that u can post the same content to a bunch of different blogs by clicking a single publish button. That would have been a boon for the spammers….

8. Flock also has a feed aggregator, which seems to show some weird results. It shows that on 12th Oct. I posted the iPod Video post, but it also shows that I posted the same post on 19th, along with bunch of other posts 😐 What I suspect is that it is retrieving data from technorati or pingomatic, wich might have been pinged yesterday, but I think it should say that. Also, the Feed Aggregator doesn’t show the url in status bar on mouseover + the links are broken. Instead of redirecting me to a particular post, it is forwarding me to the homepage.Switch to webview button doesn’t seem to work at this moment.

Random Fact: The UI seems a hybrid of FF n Opera. Ctrl+T is used for new tabs (like FF), yay!!! while each tab has the close X along with it (like Opera)

I need to sleep now, but I have a few sceenshots and a lot of other stuff to write about it. I guess, I’ll add the screenshots to flickr and link them w/ the post.

Last Random fact: It uses Y! as default SE + has a Y! search box (sad…) but the good news is, that the FF like google query works “google my query here”. Y! as the default SE and flickr photos? is flock owned (read as funded) by Y! ? BTW doesn’t flickr n flock sound like cousins.

Rest tomorrow (or whenever I get time.)

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  • http://dotmsb.com Manpreet

    looks to be ok product… but can it challenge the likes of opera and firefox?

    And, yes afaik, flickr has been bought over by Yahoo!

  • http://dotmsb.com Manpreet

    looks to be ok product… but can it challenge the likes of opera and firefox?

    And, yes afaik, flickr has been bought over by Yahoo!

  • http://www.thinkmantra.com Gaurav

    “looks to be ok product… but can it challenge the likes of opera and firefox?”

    I don’t think so. The browsing exp. is more like firefox. Yes, there r some changes, esp. for blogging and RSS community. The question is what % of the Internet users are bloggers? I think it is a single figure number (I can be wrong though.)

    It does have a scope for future. As the blogging and RSS will increase, but on the other hand, IE, FF, Opera would also adapt themselves to provide new features to their huge customer base.

    IMHO, I didn’t see anything really extra ordinary in the flocker, which could create iPod-like magic and would make ppl to do anything to get it.

    Ohhhh…I had to sleep 😛

  • http://www.gsharma.com Gaurav

    “looks to be ok product… but can it challenge the likes of opera and firefox?”

    I don’t think so. The browsing exp. is more like firefox. Yes, there r some changes, esp. for blogging and RSS community. The question is what % of the Internet users are bloggers? I think it is a single figure number (I can be wrong though.)

    It does have a scope for future. As the blogging and RSS will increase, but on the other hand, IE, FF, Opera would also adapt themselves to provide new features to their huge customer base.

    IMHO, I didn’t see anything really extra ordinary in the flocker, which could create iPod-like magic and would make ppl to do anything to get it.

    Ohhhh…I had to sleep 😛

  • http://prentissriddle.com/ Prentiss Riddle

    I, too, am wondering what happens to the tags in the Blog Post form. Is this a stub for functionality to come?

  • http://prentissriddle.com/ Prentiss Riddle

    I, too, am wondering what happens to the tags in the Blog Post form. Is this a stub for functionality to come?

  • Anonymous

    Time for Update !

  • http://www.ankurraheja.com/weblog Ankur

    Time for Update !

  • Anonymous

    Knock ! Knock !

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    Knock ! Knock !

  • http://www.thinkmantra.com Gaurav

    well….I promise I’ll update soon. I have been too busy.

  • http://www.gsharma.com Gaurav

    well….I promise I’ll update soon. I have been too busy.