I used flock when it first came out (www.flock.com)
Back then all it was was firefox slapped with makeup
The newer version I must say is somewhat better, in fact its a lot better.
it’s totally a blogger’s ultimate browser, packed with some really neat features which integrates with all the big web 2.0 social, blogging, bookmarking, networking and video sites.
Seriously cool RSS Handling and it integrates nicely into sites like facebook, del.icio.us, flickr, youtube and even photobucket.
It has a startup page which lets you view your feeds at one glance, and lists your favourite site and most viewed sites.
Flock also supports extensions, although there are not as many as firefox, but still alot of useful ones.
Flock’s rss handling is far superior to firefox’s.
Don’t let the fact that flock isn’t firefox perturb you, because it is, just on steroids.
I am not crazy about the search engine handling, flock uses yahoo as it’s default SE, but that can easily be changed.
I like the fact that you can add facebook, urban dictionary and others to your list of SE’s.
Once you have configured delicious, adding a site to your favourites is as easy as clickong the big blue star that appears to the left of the url in the address bar.
Once you set up your blog’s intergration via flock, blogging about something you just found on the next becomes as easy and right clicking an image and selecting BLOG THIS from the context menu.
I am not way fond of the blog editor but it will do.
So all in all, it’s a web2.0, social browser built on mozilla.
I think I just found my favourite new browser
Blogged with Flock
5 times more addictive than Cocaine and Crystal Meth combined.
It will occupy your mind and haunt your dreams as you long for another hit…
Trying to keep abreast of web2.0 social networking applications and sites meant that sooner or later I would have to fiddle with Facebook, twitter , twingly etc etc, however I was always under the impression that Facebook was something like MySpace which meant far too much lameness for me to handle, spam, blogs with auto playing music (of which 90% are bands that I can’t stand) I didn’t realise how far I was from the truth.
I’m still playing around with it but I am quite pleasantly surprised, its clean, its fun and its definitely not MySpace.
Only problem with it however as someone pointed out to me yesterday, is that it takes you 2 minutes to create a profile and log in, but takes you 4 hours to log out.
One of the main reasons why I decided to start (yet another) blog was to document my SEO travels and share some of the information which I have learnt as a Search enthusiast.
I do need to point out though that this blog is not a vanilla version of WordPress and has been tweaked up to the max with a number of SEO plugins and a few tricks that I have learnt about WordPress and SEO. Not to mention that I bugged Colin to toss out the original theme and use a totally css and xhtml optimized theme that supports widgets so that I could work my magic.
2 Weeks after this blog was launched I am definitely feeling the Google Love.
28 pages 36 pages have been indexed.
The following terms and keywords are showing up highly in rankings even though this blog should be in the sandbox.
They might dissapear though if I get sandboxed but in the mean time the following terms are doing me justice.
and a few other arb ones which are just plain weird like
accidents on 27 may 2007
In essence this blog is getting crawled as though it were a PageRank 9 which for me and the company, is a great thing.
Ray asked me this morning if I would SEO up his blog to get the same love and I’ll have to either con him into buying me lunch or getting my boss to let me do SEO on the media blogs as a fixed project as well (WHICH IS WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING PEOPLE, IT’S WHAT I AM GOOD AT – HELLO!!)
Reinvigorate is showing me a few more keywords and terms that seem to be ranking
Unknown Soldier Tome
highest googlebot visits – Comes up 1st on Google
web2.0 (helluva sort after keyword) comes up in the Top10 in South Africa – I’m nearly done dominating the local scene, next stop : The World!
You know those little web based flash games that you just HAVE to play and can’t stop till you get to the next level? and even though you know that you have to stop and do some work you can’t? Just one more level?
Well Afrigator has become like that for me, half my day gets spent reading the lastest posts that are being aggregatored via the service. I’m not punting it because Justin gave me a cool shirt (ok maybe I am but that didn’t affect my judgement)
Besides having a very web2.0 look and feel, its simple to use and is not cluttered like some other (similar) services where you get lost trying to find your way around.
Bottom line, it’s a great site, trust me on that.
Some wise man once said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and this post is my first step.
My name is Paul De Sousa, I am a web 2.0 enthusiast and Search Engine Evangelist in search of knowledge, a deeper purpose, the meaning of life and of course some serious linkage and better rankings.
I have been known in the past to design processes for a number of web2.0 applications, although I am not a developer, I am an analyst, an ideas person. I find faults and provide new ideas and solutions.
I am employed by JohnCom and am grateful and honoured to be involved in the “The Times” project from a search engine perspective.
My involvement thus far has been more than just the SEO aspect, but general change control management of the current build as well as various documentation on where we would like to take The Time’s site.
Being a System Analyst for the group has allowed me to be involved in some seriously awesome projects, but The Time’s was a project that I was looking forward to for sometime and one that is not only right up my alley, but definitely a place that I feel I will shine. Do what you love, and love what you do.
I’ve had a number of blogs over the years so blogging is not new to me, I also helped design a number of ideas and processes for www.blogmad.net – a traffic exchange program for bloggers who are looking for new audiences, so blogging is not new to me. And neither is laziness, which is why I have had many blogs, but none that I have maintained for more than 2 years at a time.
So I have decided to run with this blog as a progress report on my journey with The Times project as well as any cool new things which I find and decide is good enough to share.
Enjoy, stay in touch and lets hold hands and share that link love!