It’s almost time to report out on my move to the MAC, but first, I have to say that Flock is quickly becoming my favorite tool of all. And I’m sure I’m not even scratching the surface. The ability to blog from any page, to blog right from my RSS reader (which, btw, is every bit as good if not better than Bloglines), the one-click to del.icio.us function, and now the geotagging extension for Flickr uploads through the browser have all made me totally forget about IE and are quickly leaving even Firefox as a fading memory.
Today’s 10-minute foray into my Flickr Maps page had my head spinning. I mean talk about a great opportunity for classrooms. I’m still not sure if I can automatically send geotagged photos directly to my map page or if I have to manually drop them onto the page. But still it was pretty cool to start looking at photos from around the world that people had already tagged.
There are some other tools that I’ve been playing with like Writely and Diigo that I’m finding pretty amazing…especially on my MAC. More about those at some point.
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Bud Hunt says
Will — Thanks for the tip about the “map” page in Flickr. I’d tagged some photos a little while back, but hadn’t noticed that feature. Apparently any photo that’s geotagged will show up in the map.
Do groups have photomaps? If so, think how amazing it’ll be to have all the photos of educators available in one map — a sort of student photo tourism “mecca.” Better yet — is there an all Flickr map? Wouldn’t that be a neat “field trip” from time to time?
I should really go and answer these questions myself — but maybe I won’t like the answers.
Bud Hunt says
Roger Hiles says
Flock has quickly replaced Firefox and Evolution as my browser of choice (for now!) because of the blogging features you mention, as well as the Photobar, del.icio.us support, etc. Based on all that Mozilla/Firefox goodness of course!
I love Flock. I’ve been using it for several months and I never want to go back to the other browsers. The newsreader is by far my favorite part–I never miss a day now of skimming my favorite blogs and newsfeeds. The other thing I love about Flock is that I can still use some of my favorite Firefox extensions, such as FireFTP, Gmail Notifier, and GSpace.
Thanks a lot for pointing out the Flickr maps, I am a fan of both Flock and Flickr, but hadn’t notice the map funktion yet!
I’m glad the word is finally getting out on Flock! I heard about it over a year ago, and have been on the beta testing mail list. Looks like Flock is here to stay, and changing the way users personalize their internet browsing. Here’s a link to a recent blog I wrote on Flock, with screenshots of Flock Tools:
Will, you are a mind reader. Just the other day I was mentioning the fact that we needed Flickr-for-text documents and then you point me in the direction of Writely. Excellent. Do you also know of a Flickr-for-mp3 files?
I have just started on a blogging project where 10th graders in a German high school are blogging to prepare for their Cambridge of Business English exams. Their teacher has figured out that their 10th year curriculum goals meet the goals of this international recognised exam. We are doing all the work online. So, we would appreciate any suggestions about how to handle the spoken assignments.
Presently, we are thinking either Skype with a record plugin. But we still havenâ€™t figured out how to post the mp3 files.