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Flock is a collaborative business messaging application developed by the small (but multinational) company of the same name, designed to compete with Slack. The company boasts that the app is a fast and reliable means of communication, and is available in a free edition.Birds of a feather do Flock togetherI was using Flock heavily for a while. It's free plan covered a lot of the requirements my decentralized booking team needed. We ended up moving to another platform to better address our needs, however I still do recommend Flock for its use and features. The best feature is its collaborative nature and streamlined communication process.,The ability to start a direct group conversation or individual-to-individual conversation helped us sort through creative problem-solving. Sharing files such as photos from job sites or costume ideas helped us with creative brainstorming. The integration with Google Drive and Dropbox also allowed us to streamline our conversations about creative solutions.,A tool is only good if people use it. Some of the artists I work with found it too complex (though I don't think they really gave it a good shot). We used it heavily for about six months and it didn't hit too many other big negative points.,8,It did provide a creative space for conversation and this does equal a great return on investment, considering the investment is free for the base use. For the team members who enjoyed using it, it helped them save time in their day by having a repository for notes and creative ideas.,Facebook for BusinessIt's pretty Flockin good?We used Flock as a messaging tool for the entire company. Each department had different channels, specialty groups had channels, and we also used it for one-on-one communication. We'd used Slack in the past but dropped it due to the limited message storage with the free version. We moved to Glip (a message service that comes with the RingCentral suite of tools), but as we moved away from RingCentral, we needed a new tool. Flock was a decent tool compared to the rest. Unfortunately, there was a similar messaging limit with Flock, but we stuck with it anyway.,Good value (we used the free plan and it did plenty). There were some additional messaging properties (sending stickers, being alerted when changes were made to GDocs, etc) that were nice. Few bugs, UX issues, or errors.,Gifs--a popular feature of messaging programs like Slack--were pretty weak with Flock. You didn't get to choose which one you wanted (like the way Slack used to be), but the selection seemed to be pretty limited/bad, and it also seemed like the gifs were sped up? So they looked pretty bad. There were only ~5 reactions available (like, thumbs up, laugh, sad, angry?). Although better than Glip (you can only "like" in Glip), it would be nice to have more variety there.,3,It was free, so it got the job done without costing anything. The fact that it did not 100% satisfy the team meant that it is going to take us some time in the future to find an alternative.,Glip and Slack,Asana
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November 30, 2018

User Review: "Birds of a feather do Flock together"

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I was using Flock heavily for a while. It's free plan covered a lot of the requirements my decentralized booking team needed. We ended up moving to another platform to better address our needs, however I still do recommend Flock for its use and features. The best feature is its collaborative nature and streamlined communication process.
  • The ability to start a direct group conversation or individual-to-individual conversation helped us sort through creative problem-solving.
  • Sharing files such as photos from job sites or costume ideas helped us with creative brainstorming.
  • The integration with Google Drive and Dropbox also allowed us to streamline our conversations about creative solutions.
  • A tool is only good if people use it. Some of the artists I work with found it too complex (though I don't think they really gave it a good shot).
  • We used it heavily for about six months and it didn't hit too many other big negative points.
The biggest problem we are looking to solve with use of Flock was to have a centralized place that our booking department and casting department along with artists and agents could come to talk about projects and design creative solutions. For the most part, Flock achieves this. It might've only been lack of better on-boarding on our own end, but some of our artists find it too complex to use (or maybe they just didn't try hard to figure it out).
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April 06, 2018

User Review: "It's pretty Flockin good?"

Score 3 out of 10
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We used Flock as a messaging tool for the entire company. Each department had different channels, specialty groups had channels, and we also used it for one-on-one communication.

We'd used Slack in the past but dropped it due to the limited message storage with the free version. We moved to Glip (a message service that comes with the RingCentral suite of tools), but as we moved away from RingCentral, we needed a new tool. Flock was a decent tool compared to the rest. Unfortunately, there was a similar messaging limit with Flock, but we stuck with it anyway.
  • Good value (we used the free plan and it did plenty).
  • There were some additional messaging properties (sending stickers, being alerted when changes were made to GDocs, etc) that were nice.
  • Few bugs, UX issues, or errors.
  • Gifs--a popular feature of messaging programs like Slack--were pretty weak with Flock. You didn't get to choose which one you wanted (like the way Slack used to be), but the selection seemed to be pretty limited/bad, and it also seemed like the gifs were sped up? So they looked pretty bad.
  • There were only ~5 reactions available (like, thumbs up, laugh, sad, angry?). Although better than Glip (you can only "like" in Glip), it would be nice to have more variety there.
We originally moved to Flock because we thought it did not have the messaging limit that Slack has--and that would have been our only reason. Unfortunately, it has the same limit. So it's basically just a lesser version of Slack, with fewer fun features like gifs and reactions. I'm not sure why anyone would pick Flock over Slack if you are going for a free messaging service.
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Flock Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Task Management (1)
10
Gantt Charts (1)
9
Scheduling (1)
9
Workflow Automation (1)
7
Mobile Access (2)
6.0
Search (2)
6.5
Visual planning tools (1)
10
Chat (2)
8.1
Notifications (2)
7.0
Discussions (2)
7.5
Surveys (1)
4
Internal knowledgebase (1)
4
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts (1)
9
Video files (1)
10
Audio files (1)
10
Document collaboration (2)
8.1
Access control (1)
8
Advanced security features (1)
8
Integrates with Google Drive (2)
9.0
Device sync (1)
8

About Flock

Flock is a collaborative business messaging application developed by the small (but multinational) company of the same name, designed to compete with Slack. The company boasts that the app is a fast and reliable means of communication, and is available in a free edition.
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