Take a gander at Flock (pun intended)

Flickr PhotoIt’s still pretty early on in Flock‘s history, so a Slashdotting now and then certainly isn’t a bad thing. Not to mention homepage coverage on BusinessWeek and a great write up by Stowe Boyd, who I had the pleasure to meet today.

But the feeling that I’ve gotten from Slashdot and around the blogs surround two things:

  1. What the heck is it? … and …
  2. Why do you have such an ugly website?

Well, the first answer would take forever to explain, so I’d rather just show you.
For the second one, hey, it took me like 2 hours on the day of our initial private launch. I was focused more on the browser and less on the site and if you don’t like it, well good – more time to spend using Flock on other sites!

Anh, no, seriously … I’ll be taking another whack at it eventually but at least as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather have it be super simple, super plain and super lean. I’ll tone the volume down in the next release but at least the design, for whatever reason, seems to have inspired some kind of derivitive work.

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Author: Chris Messina

Product guy, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, proponent of bots and conversational apps; Xoogler and X Uber.

18 thoughts on “Take a gander at Flock (pun intended)”

  1. I think the problem is that it is NOT super simple, super plain, or super lean. If you think that fits those categories, you may have designeritis.

  2. I’ve only heard a few people say the design is bad. I’ve heard more people say the problem is that the site doesn’t validate in w3’s validator. It’s a sign of a rocky start for a browser company’s first produced document to not be a valid document for their browser.

    It can’t be an ugly web page because, technically, it’s not a web page. It’s a document which a browser has managed to interpret as a web page in spite of invalid code.

  3. I love the Flock design. Really.

    And I’m looking forward to check it out, once it gets out of beta.

  4. You’re hot, Chris. I will try Flock just because of that. 😉

  5. I decided to delete the Roomity comments because they didn’t seem to be adding to the discussion, nor did their comments seem at all relevant.

  6. Any blog platform that offers an open API will be supported — so yes, you will be able to publish to TextPattern with Flock. Jon Hicks rejoice!

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  8. I’ve been wondering about this project. I will have to definitely check it out when it’s released. Looks pretty nice.

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  10. The design is perfect–it fits in perfectly with the essence of Flock. I’m flipping through all the features now and love it. I like being able to browse my sites by tag… great feature.

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