Flock’s execs recently announced at MacWorld in San Francisco they were getting ready to launch Flock 1.1 as a public beta within a time frame of just two weeks.
Flock chose last week’s Macworld conference to show off the new version. With the upcoming release, several new features will be added, including Yahoo and Gmail support, Picasa integration, and a friend activity feed.
“Email is the single most frequently used communication application on the web, and is often overlooked as social activity.” said Shawn Hardin, CEO of Flock. “With Flock 1.1, we’ve integrated email, Picasa photo sharing and Friend Activity to extend our focus of putting users at the center of their entire social experience on the web.”
These are the goodies the new release will include:
I. WEB MAIL INTEGRATION
Flock will integrate Yahoo Mail and Gmail to let users easily share web pages, images and articles with a simple click-to-compose function within the browser. When users receive new email, the Flock Mail icon lights up to let Flock users know that new messages are waiting for them.
This is especially handy since web mail doesn’t alert users of incoming mail the way that Microsoft Outlook or other desktop clients do, forcing them to either keep checking it in a browser tab, using an add-on, or some sort of 3rd party notification software.
II. MYWORLD: FRIEND ACTIVITY AND CUSTOMIZATION
The new Flock will help you stay in touch with your favorite people across Flock’s supported social services. Now Flock lets users know when their friends have changed their profile or online status, uploaded new photos or even if they have just “Twittered” or posted something new.
III. PICASA INTEGRATION
Flock will support Picasa, one of today’s most popular photo sharing services. Picasa photos can now be quickly and easily uploaded using the Flock photo uploader. Flock users will now be able to share their Picasa photos via web mail or by simply dragging and dropping them into the Flock People Sidebar. This capability was introduced with YouTube, Photobucket, Facebook, Flickr, Truveo, and Piczo in Flock’s 1.0 release.
Flock 1.1 will be available for as a free download for Mac, PC and Linux in approximately two weeks at Flock’s web site. You can be sure I’ll be like a hound dog fetching this new release, and of course let you know what cooking. Please stay tuned.
For the newbies let me say that Flock is “The Social Web Browser”. It’s the browser, evolved for people. It is free to download and use. Flock simplifies and extends the use of social and web-based applications to enable the richest user experience possible across information-gathering, sharing, communication, self-expression and interaction.
Flock delivers a more personal experience of the web, where its users are in control and more connected to what they value. Flock was founded in 2005. The company is based in Mountain View, CA, with an office in Victoria, British Columbia. Brrrrrr. It’s freezing up there.