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And now a Google +1 button for Flock Together

June 2nd, 2011

It’s button central here at Flock Together.

Following the addition of the Twitter Follow button on Tuesday, yesterday we added a Google +1 button.

What fun…

Twitter Follow Button installed on FlockTogether

May 31st, 2011

Twitter announced their follow button earlier today.

Just so you don’t feel left out, it’s now installed on FlockTogether.


Two handy sites: Handset Detection and UserVoice

March 6th, 2011

The number one wish on the FlockTogether UserVoice pages is for a mobile version of this site.

The problem with this is that there are a LOT of mobile devices out there with a wide range of capabilities.

Fortunately, the good people at Handset Detection have come up with an incredibly simple API that means FlockTogether knows if you’re looking at it with a mobile, and knows what the capability is (screensize etc.) if you’re using a mobile.

(There are cleverer ways of doing this with installations like Tera-WURFL and WURFL – but they kept crashing my server so I gave up).

So Handset Detection it is.  All I need to do now is code the mobile version of the site!

PS: Hat-tip to browscap too – which I’m also using and which also gives useful information about the browser looking at your page.

Flock Together has signed up to help get rid of IE6 #ie6countdown

March 5th, 2011

IE6 has been a complete bane for this website. It makes any kind of design a nightmare because it’s so dated and non-compliant with standards.  It’s still 5.52% of Flock Together visits.

Fortunately, Microsoft has seen the light and is working to get rid of it.

They’ve kindly provided some code which only appears to IE6 users asking them to upgrade.

If you want to see what Flock Together looks like under IE6, then go here - http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/index.php.

Still not a thing of beauty (and IE6 seems to be having quite a big argument with the Facebook box), but at least there’s a nice big message telling people to change browser.

Cool new ‘uservoice’ system for Flock Together

February 16th, 2011

Inspired by the example of 38degrees (who know a thing or two about these things), I’ve just signed up Flock Together to the excellent-looking uservoice system.

Click on the ‘Feedback’ tab to the left, or go directly to the Uservoice site to have your say about how Flock Together can improve and I’ll do my best (in my free time) to implement the suggested changes.

Easier to register for events + some other stuff

December 5th, 2010

I’ve updated Flock Together to make it easier and more reliable to register for events (mainly by shifting from the script.aculo.us javascript library to the jQuery library).

Just hit one of these radio buttons:

Flock Together now also pulls any by-elections that it doesn’t already have semi-automatically off the ALDC website.

It doesn’t show them all – just the ones with contact details – but it should help keep Flock Together more easily up to date.

By-election pages now show ward maps

September 5th, 2010

Just for your info/entertainment, by-election pages now show ward/constituency boundaries.

Check out this example from St Paul’s ward, Winchester.

They also now show up if you share a page on Facebook (also from St Paul’s).

Ward icon for St Paul's - Winchester

Now supporting Tweet Button

August 13th, 2010

You may have noticed that Flock Together now includes a Tweet Button like this one:

in the top right hand corner of each event page.

Let me know what you think.

Flock Together and Facebook

July 6th, 2010

I’ve been playing with the Facebook Social Plugins to see if they can add any useful functionality to Flock Together.

I’ve added the Like Button and Activity Feed through most of the site, and added the Comments to the blog.

So far, it’s intriguing. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of impact it has in terms of usage and interaction with the Flock Together site and attendance at Flock Together events…

Flock Together and Twitter – Geocoded Tweets

May 11th, 2010

A quick piece of new functionality in the way Flock Together uses Twitter:

If you look at this tweet and click on the word ‘here’, it will show a map with the location of the Flock Together event referred to in the text.

In essence, the tweet now has a location associated with it. This means it will appear in searches for tweets near to a particular location.

The interesting question now is where we go from here. The next priority for FlockTogether is a dramatically improved interface. But I think there are plenty of opportunities for further integration of FlockTogether and Twitter. Ideas include:

  • Reminder tweets of upcoming events
  • Allowing people to use Twitter to log in to Flock Together
  • Allowing people to follow @flocktogether without leaving the site

Any other ideas? Please let me know.

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