Flock: having one of those “Genius! Ah ha!” moment

Flock%27s%20Flickr%20Browser%20TopbarSo it’s late, and I’m catching up with my life, but I have to say, something in the latest Flock release really struck as me as like… "Yes! This is what I’ve been talkin’ about baby!"

So, simply enough, I’m over on the great Paul Stamatiou’s blog, replying to a discussion going on about Flock. I’m wanting to point out to Justin Hoffman that Flock isn’t a waste of time, in fact, it’s quite necessary given that browsers haven’t changed a whole lot in 10 years.

To substantiate my claim, I remembered that Bart had showed me a screenshot he took that compared Netscape 1.0 and Firefox 1.0 and that there was barely a difference between them, in terms of the default set of buttons and interface elements. Anyway, finding that shot would lend credence to the notion that competition in this space is desperately needed.

So, where to look? Well, thinking that Bart had blogged about it, I do a Google search for "site:decrem.com netscape". Nothing matching the screenshot is produced… Stymied I wonder where the heck I saw that thing.


Now this time, something different happens. I bust open the Flock Flickr Browser Topbar (a mouthful fer shur) and start typing Bart’s Flickr ID — oo, autocompletion! I tab into the tag box and type netscape, then hit enter

Voila, there it is! I grab the link, past it into the comment and I’m done… or am I?

Well, that was 90% of the aha. That I was able to find something very specific using tags on Flickr in literally no time. 

The second part of this is what I’m doing right now: blogging about the experience. Not only was I able to find a specific image very quickly and easily using Flock, I was able to upload the screenshot you see here using the Flock Flickr Uploader — and then drag it into Flock’s blog editor to talk about. Holy genius! I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but that’s pretty friggin’ sweet.

So if you haven’t yet, or if you’re still on Flock 0.4.10, definitely take a peek at the latest release. It’s still got a ways to go, but man, just these simple improvements to the Flickr and blogging integration are huge productivity boosters. (Now if only I could get that whitespace issue resolved I’d be blogging from Flock all day!)

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

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