Monday, June 1, 2009

Use Flock to Drag and Drop Photos into EBay Listings.

Oops! Looks like I was mistaken about dragging and dropping from Photobucket, as I'm realizing this morning that I'm only able to drag in a thumbnail.

So, I am back to recommending Flock! Flock is actually a browser, designed for working with multiple social networking sites. I, myself, only use it's Media Stream applications, which is what I'm going to explain - and show you - here.

It will take some time to get the Flock Media Stream and Media bar installed and set up. But, once these one-time steps are complete, you will save time and frustration every time you want to include a photo in an ebay listing, or in a blog entry or forum post. Its smart to spend a bit of time to save MANY bits of time.

To Get & Install Flock
  • Note: You will need a photobucket account. Create one first if you do not already have one.
  • Go to
  • Click to Download Flock 2.0 (save file if asked)
  • Optional to enter email address
  • Open the saved/downloaded file.
  • Choose "Custom Installation". Uncheck the box next to "make Flock my browser"
  • Note: My Kapersky Security Software hollered about a few things during installation... I allowed it to proceed.
  • Allow the installation to add an Icon to your desktop, and/or your start menu, etc.
To Set-Up Flock
  • Open Flock (such as from the desktop icon).
  • Notice a tab is already open to Photobucket(center, about 1/3 the way down the screen). Click on that tab.
  • Log in to your Photobucket Account.
  • Find and click the Media Stream menu near the top right of the window.
  • Choose Settings.... Show Drag Icons
  • Resize the Flock window so that just the Media bar shows, and drag it to the bottom of your screen.
Using Flock to Bring Photos into Your eBay Listings.
  • Open an eBay listing in your normal browser window (FireFox, IE, whatever), and click to revise it.
  • Scroll down so you see the description box, including pictures within the description.
  • No need to click the HTML tab! Stay in the "Standard" tab.
  • Open Flock, sized so the media bar shows along the bottom of the screen.
  • If you do not see your photos, click the "Media Streams" menu... My Accounts... your account name.
  • Hover your mouse over the larger rectangle "drag button" on the photo you want to bring into your listing.
  • Click and hold and drag - into the eBay listing, and into the location where you want the photo - then let go (release the mouse button)
  • If the photo didn't go quite where you wanted it, click on it and drag it where you do want it.
  • If its larger than you'd like, hover your mouse at the corner, click when you see the arrowed line, then drag the corner until the image is the size you want.
  • Repeat as needed to add more photos.
Note: If you have photos you want to remove, just click on them, then hit the delete key on your keyboard.

Fast, and easy, and no fussing with code. Its smart to know how things work, and even smarter to use a short cut!

1 comment:

  1. Cindy, Thanks for the info. Just tried it and love it!! Much easyer.