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Flock Together now on Twitter

January 28th, 2008

Just to let you know that Flock Together is now on Twitter.

Find out more at

Any comments or suggestions as to how I might upgrade or improve the service most welcome!

Flock Together on Facebook…

November 21st, 2007

Don’t get all excited just yet…

However, it’s clear that it would make a lot of sense to find a way to link Flock Together and Facebook…

What information would you like to be able to see from Flock Together on Facebook?  What would you like to be able to do with Flock Together events or organisations on Facebook?

All comments very welcome!

Flock Together now shows contact email addresses for meetings to people who aren’t logged in

August 12th, 2007

FT now shows contact email addresses for meetings and by-elections to site users who aren’t logged in.

To make things harder for spammers, they’re shown as graphic files rather than text.

If you’re logged in, they’re regular clickable text links as before.

Improvements to Flock Together

July 30th, 2007

I’ve put a few improvements onto the Flock Together site:

  • It’s now possible to log in to Flock Together using your Liberal Democrats Account – just go to this page to link the two accounts
  • For users that don’t have account or don’t log in, Flock Together now does a much better job of remembering your location and your preferences
  • I’ve added some information to the front page which lets you know what’s happened recently on Flock Together. There’s a fuller version on this page.
  • You can now add a link and a description to your user page (under ‘Your Profile’ in the left hand menu).

That’s it for the moment. Any further comments and suggestions welcome.

Test drive the new 3-column layout for Flock Together

April 22nd, 2007

Will Howells been working on an experimental 3 column layout for Flock Together…

To try it out, just log in at the site and then go to

To return to the current default, just go to
If you think you can do better than the proposed 3 column look, or have any other comments or suggested improvements, please let me know or write a comment in the blog.

If you want to develop your own stylesheet, it’s no problem to set individual users up with links to stylesheets hosted anywhere on the internet if you like playing with CSS and would like to develop your own look and feel for the site!

Flock Together now supports the latest local party structure

February 18th, 2007

I’ve just updated Flock Together to reflect the party’s latest local party structure.

This has also enabled me to create feeds using the party’s official numbers for local parties.

If you would like to get an RSS feed for your local party using your local party’s ‘official’ number, it’s at:

For example, Winchester is at:

All the other flags for the RSS feed still work as previously posted.

Flock Together supports public transport

February 12th, 2007

Flock Together events pages now have a link showing you how to get to events anywhere in the country by public transport from your home postcode via the Transport Direct website.

Just look for the section called ‘Travel Details’.

You can have a go at working out your route to Harrogate via or, indeed, almost any other meeting on the site.

Personalised feeds

February 2nd, 2007

I’ve added some more variables for Flock Together feeds…

The basic feed remains, as before:

Instead of your user name, it’s now possible to reference by membership number or postcode. For example:


does the postcode and range (if you leave out range, it uses 50 miles). And:


does the Liberal Democrat membership number (although this only works for registered users of Flock Together who’ve entered their membership number when they registered).

For registered users who want to publish their feed, it may make sense only to show only meetings that they’ve ‘registered’ on Flock Together. To do this they can add the following onto their URL:


To sort the meetings in order of reverse appearance (i.e. the most ‘recent’ post will be the most immediate upcoming meeting), add:


If you want to show your feed on a Prater Raines site, then the best option is just to add the following to your URL:


Finally, to set the publish date to the meeting date (which may break some feedreaders, since the publish date will be in the future), just add:


Down Time

January 15th, 2007

Apologies to those of you who wanted to use Flock Together this afternoon. The site (along with all the other sites I host with 1and1) was down for about 6 hours.

Another reason to sort out some new hosting, I suppose.

1,000 people registered – 1,426 meetings, by-elections and resources – 7 new members

January 6th, 2007

Congratulations to David Peters for being the 1,000th account on Flock Together.

So far Flock Together has recorded 1,426 meetings, by-election and resources, comprising amongst others: 356 council by-elections, 329 social events, 237 campaigning sessions, 227 organisational meetings, 70 public meetings, 64 policy discussions, 44 conferences, 30 training sessions, 25 hustings, 17 RISOs and 5 parliamentary by-elections.

To make it all work, there’s a table in the background calculating the 1,426,000 different distances between each user and each event or resource!

Aside from the number of people who have found new ways to get involved in the party ‘in the real world’ as a result of Flock Together, here’s a special ‘hat-tip’ to the 7 people visited the Flock Together website and clicked through to joined the party online as a result!


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