Getting Flocked

Flock web browser

I downloaded Flock over the weekend and plan on kicking the tires for a few weeks to see if I like it. Flock is a browser based on the Mozilla FireFox browser (that you all should be using by now because it contains vitamins and minerals and buttery goodness and it works on lots of operating systems out there).

Flock does something FireFox doesn’t. It connects people to their social networks out of the box. When you open Flock for the first time, you need to configure it to connect to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, Delicious, etc. It then logs you into all of your accounts at once and opens up a sidebar that allows you to see all of your social networks in one nice package.

I’ve just started playing with the blogging functionality of the browser as well. It lets you post entries to any number of popular blog sites without ever leaving the webpage you are currently reading.

I hope Flock gets some more market share in the browser wars. At the very least, FireFox can get some great ideas from them for a more socially connected browser experience.

The one thing I wish Flock had…extensions. FireFox is a development dynamo with loads of extensions to help web developers. So far, Flock is very limited in that arena. My hope is that Flock will eventually allow a smooth integration with all FireFox extension.

If that happened, it wold probably make the switch much easier for the development community.

Flock covers all their bases and is currently offering versions in Windows, Mac and Linux.

I’ll let you know what I think in the coming weeks. My goal is to use it several times a week until the end of the year.

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