Blogging with Flock

April 6, 2007

What Blogging Platforms Does Flock Support?

A table of supported blogging platforms is detailed at: http://wiki.flock.com/index.php?title=Blog_compatibility.

I am trying out Flock’s blog posting feature which you can do directly out of it’s RSS feeder. I’m using it to post to Blogger and WordPress. The Blogger one didn’t work that well. The font style and type was screwed up. Here’s the WordPress test to see if it is any better. I also couldn’t select tags which sucked.

I tried to paste a picture captured using FastStone Editor but couldn’t. Embedding pics should be an option.

Blogged with Flock


Blogger Beta issues

October 22, 2006

I came across BloggerBot today and thought wow, this could be cool! It promises easy and fast posting of images into a Blogger Blog. No issues having to resize images etc. So, I download the software and register for an account (yet another web 2.0 account).

I assume that this works with Blogger (beta or otherwise) because there is NOTHING on the site that says it doesn’t work with beta.

With the software installed and account set up I go ahead and begin this easy, seamless and “integrated” service experience and guess what?! I’m asked to login, within the “Hello” account to my blogger blog (this is my Marketing Superhero sibling blog) and no dice.

So, being the earlier adopter that I am (means that we like to find answers and give beta providers some grace while they work out the “bugs”) I go an hunt to see if I can fix this issue. I “FOLLOW” Google’s self-help steps and arrive at Google Groups on the topic….voila I find a post that identifies this issue and asks for help. The post was made Sept 2, 2006…pretty recent…great. Unfortunately there was no response and to make things a more frustrating … the topic has been closed by “a manager” (see above).

Google you owe me $250 for wasting an hour of my time. Shame on you. When you integrate services, accounts, tools or whatever…even at the beta stage make sure you either tell us that they won’t work or better yet get them working ahead of time. Blogger is not Beta ready in my opinion.


Some advice for Google re: Blogger Beta version

October 20, 2006

I/We all have very little -ve to say about Google. They truly “get it” in so many ways when it comes to the Internet experience for us customers.

Google embodies innovation and beta is good (unless you are Sony!). They release their experiments quickly and often. This is great. I don’t want them to change because things process can interfere with productivity and execution.

However.

Google has released a new Beta version of blogger which being an early adoption I’ve “signed up”! The blog itself is improved with labels (why not just call them tags?), and a tree menu approach for recent posts.

I was however surprised that my transition to this beta version hasn’t been smooth in two areas: 1) Using Windows Live Writer (I’m getting a error message and 2) I cannot cross link from other Blogger sites (this is odd because it’s simple an earlier version of Blogger – is Google capable of handling version compatability issues?)

Here’s the error notice when I tried to post a link from someone elses Blogger post:

As a customer I don’t give a rats ass that my account as moved, I simply want to enjoy the new features of Blogger without it impacting what worked for me in the past.

What exactly does “coming soon mean”?


Advertising update from Marketing Superhero blog

September 9, 2006

See the ads below promoting Explosive sniffer dogs and Dog Training Secrets? These adsense ads are on my Marketing Superhero blog. Why Dogs? My first Superhero candidate was the Superdogs. Google renders ads based on content that resides within my blog.

There is relevance to the post but not the purpose of my blog which is to showcase the superheros and villains of marketing. Time will tell as to whether adsense begins to post more relevant ads or not.

Pretty neat seeing it in action though!