Q:
I heard there was a new update for Flock. Do you know anything about that? If so, please share!

A:
Wow, you guys don’t miss a thing! You’re absolutely right, there is a new version of Flock on the loose and I’m telling you, it’s one you do not want to miss. If you recall, I told you about Flock for the first time a couple weeks ago (you can read that article here) and since I received so much positive feedback from all of you, I decided I would continue to keep you updated on the changes it makes and so on. So, here it goes!

Let’s kick it off with the good news! Yep, on February 19, 2008, Flock 1.1 was released and it is now available for download. The Flock team is very excited about this new release and they want you to test it out and let them know what you think. According to their Web site, they have been working on this for quite some time and they are very proud of the finished product. As with any new release, several changes have been made and a few new features have been added. And that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you about right now!

The first new feature I want to talk about is Webmail integration. Yes, it’s true. Yahoo! Mail and Gmail are now both supported by Flock. What’s that mean exactly, you ask? Well, now you have the ability to share anything in Flock from your Yahoo! or Gmail e-mail account. That includes photos, videos, RSS feeds and even material from your favorite Web sites. Also, with this new feature, you can make use of the Web Clipboard in Flock even more. For example, if you want to add a picture from a Web site into an e-mail, you can just drag the image to the Clipboard and then drop it into your e-mail from there. It makes working with your e-mail so much easier!

Another new feature has to do with the Picasa photo program. If you’re an avid Picasa user, I can already see you jumping with joy! With this new addition, you can upload your photos directly to Picasa through Flock. So, basically, instead of dealing with multiple programs at once, you now only have to worry about one. You can even view photo streams with Flock’s Media Bar. The MyWorld application has also changed a tad bit. Yep, now you can name and assemble your very own MyWorld. How cool is all of that?!

Now, I have one more new feature to tell you about and it is called the Friend Activity Feed. Once you’ve added all your friends to Flock (from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, etc.), you can use the Friend Activity Feed to keep tabs on them. Their latest actions will go right into your MyWorld and you’ll know right away what they’re up to at any given time during the day. It’s an easy way to keep up to date with all of your Flock friends!

As you can see, Flock 1.1 is focused on giving you what you want and what you need while you’re using the Web. With Flock, you can use all of your favorite services at once and with ease. There really is no better way! So, whenever you’re ready to download Flock 1.1, just click on this link and click on the Download button that corresponds with your operating system. Then just follow the instructions and you’ll be all set. Also, like I said before, Flock is always looking for your feedback, so go ahead and give v1.1 a try and then send them a little note to tell them what you liked or disliked. The feedback form can be found right here. Enjoy your new Flock!

~ Erin