Now I’m testing Flock’s Flickr tool (say that ten times fast). Using the browser’s blog authoring tool, it is possible to pull up one’s (or anyone’s) photos on Flickr. The pictures can then be dragged-and-dropped into a blog post. I’ll choose to post one of my dog in his Halloween costume. I give you Darth Mao:
Interesting to note that the search box in Flock defaults to Yahoo! Could they be poising themselves for a buy-out already? Other options in the search box are google, amazon, ebay, technorati, and wikipedia.
Speaking of wikipedia, tonight the Periodicals librarian beat me to the punch answering a reference question about the usage of a word. She found an answer on wikipedia while I was walking to the dictionary. I tell ya, give’em an inch… ;) She was pleased and so was I.
One more thought about Flock, or the concept of a highly personalized browser in general. Let’s say, like I have, that I set up my browser to interact with my Flickr account, blogs, del.icio.us bookmarks, and maybe things like RSS feeds and email. I’m sure other things might pop up too like calendar and netflix widgets. This is fine and dandy when I’m on my own machine, but what happens when I’m using a computer at a friend’s house? I won’t have access to my information powerhouse browser, and in fact, I might be invading his space by using a browser with all of his details. Perhaps when this stuff matures, browsers will have a login process to present you with all of your personal goodness and all of the conversations your web applications are having with each other. Right now, though, this seems like a terrifying prospect. Would you give Internet Explorer all of your usernames and passwords *for storage on the web?* Heck no.