So, you’re a social hound. You operate half a dozen blogs, you post photos to Flickr and Photobucket, you chat with friends on Facebook and Myspace, you maintain web mail on Gmail and Yahoo!, you Digg the news, and you share vids on Youtube. You hear about the Flock browser and think, “Hey–that might make my online life easier!” You download the software and install it, syncing it up with all your online activities. Was it worth it?
Maybe. Maybe not.
There is no question that Flock browser can be useful and fun to use. It streamlines your blogging experience like no other browser, and handily links you into all your accounts. However, I’ve found the browser to be rather glitchy. It freezes at random intervals, it seems to hate secured web pages, and at times it slows to such a crawl that the days of dial-up seem to be revisiting your cable-internet household. It’s not so bad that I’ve chucked it altogether, but returning to Firefox is looking sweeter and sweeter.
Never heard of Flock? Here’s the developers’ rundown:
What is Flock?
Flock is a consumer Internet business which has developed a free,
next generation web browser. The web, and the way people engage online,
has evolved dramatically over the past decade. But web browsers – the
application that fundamentally enables online experiences and services
across ones’ connected life – have not kept pace.
Flock is focused on fundamentally evolving the browser, bringing a
refreshing new approach to how people use and participate on the web
and simplifying social and web-based applications by bringing them one
step closer to the user and integrating them directly into the browser.
When using Flock, people can easily discover, access, create and
share videos, photos, blogs, feeds and comments across social
communities, media providers, and popular websites.
To learn more about Flock, click here.
List of Flock-friendly sites:
Check out what other reviewers have said:
From Socialized Software:
Where I think Flock falls down is in it’s resource footprint, it seems
to be a little sluggish in comparison to Firefox. If you want fast
performance and don’t care about all the other stuff then stick with
Firefox but if you want a single tool for all your Web 2.0 needs you
can probably save some time with Flock but you will still probably need
some of your favorite Firefox extensions to make it meet all your
From Mirificam Press:
Take away all the features that make Flock “the social browser” and you still have a solid browsing experience.
From Open Loops:
If you’re into social networks and media, I think you’ll love Flock!
So what’s the bottom line? Flock is a browser that is chock full of possibilities, and great for the blogger and social web user. It’s still in the early stages, so it can be buggy, sluggish, and annoying, but you might just find that the good outweighs the bad enough to keep it as your default browser. As others have said, it’s OpenSource, so good things are bound to develop with this software if one is patient. Download it and check it out for yourself–but don’t delete your Firefox browser just yet! You might still need it.