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Flocked Blog Editor

10/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Blogging

I went back to the Flock Blog editor, as in my earlier post I had said that one advantage our b2evo JavaScript bookmarklet has, is that if you highlight text on a web site you're visiting and click on the b2evo bookmarklet that you had previously dragged into your browser toolbar, you get the title of the web page as the title of your blog, the url of the web page, and the text that you highlighted copied into the b2evo editor. This bookmarklet works in Flock, as it does in Firefox, Opera, other Mozilla browsers, and even IE.

The Flock blog editor doesn't do that if you highlight text and just click on the feather-pen looking icon.

You can, with a bit more effort, nearly duplicate this in Flock, according to their web site.

11. Blog This!

You can easily blog interesting web content with Flock, in just a few clicks.


1. Highlight a passage on a web page that you would like to blog about.
2. Right-click that selection and choose Blog This.
3. The blog editor opens with that selection already inserted. Not only that, the selection is properly formatted as a Blockquote and appropriate citation is included.

Other ways to Blog This:

1. Open the View menu and choose Topbars and then Blog Topbar.
2. Highlight a text passage and drag it to the box labeled "Drag stuff to blog it!"

Or you can use the Shelf (see The Shelf, below).

13. The Shelf

The Shelf is a scrapbook for interesting web content that you want to blog about later.


1. Open the Tools menu and choose Shelf.
2. Drag interesting URLs, pictures or text snippets from any web page onto the shelf.
3. Click the Blog Editor icon (that looks like a feather pen).
4. Drag items from the Shelf into your blog post.


* When you drag text snippets, Shelf items are automatically formatted as Blockquotes and citations are added.
* The Shelf is only for web content. You can't use it to upload items, or drop content from your computer onto it.end quotation
-- from the Flock Web Site, Thirteen Things You Can Do With Flock

Right clicking on the highlighted material and selecting "blog this" does get you the highlighted text and the web site's URL in the Flock Blog Editor, though the post is untitled.

When I tried to view the Blog Topbar, and try that method, I got that never ending looping error that Flock can't access my Blog account(s). So, I can't see how the Blog Topbar works.

The Shelf seems to work as described above. Though I can't fully test the blog editor at this point in Flock's evolution.

I have to say that I like the b2evo bookmarklet better. The built-in blog editor is touted as the coolest feature of Flock, with the del.icio.us syncing of favorites as the next coolest. I'm not impressed by either of these features.

What does impress me is the History Search. More on that when I've built a history in Flock to search.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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