Nov 27


Flock logoFlock is a social web browser. Built around Facebook and Twitter, and available in over 2 dozen languages, Flock is designed to keep you up to date with your social networks, your email accounts, and your RSS feeds, all within your browser, with no third party applications required and no keeping multiple sites open in tabs. It even includes Facebook chat at the bottom of the screen at all times so you can instant message.

Flock is truly a magnificent piece of work. While perhaps not as easily extensible as Firefox or Google Chrome, the number of services it supports – including YouTube, Flickr, Google Mail, AOL Mail, Yahoo Mail – is truly astounding.

Interface design has been carefully considered throughout and while – as you’d expect – the people sidebar takes up some screen space, it’s intuitive enough in its combination of social networking services not to be too intrusive. While hardcore tweeters will, naturally, prefer tools such as TweetDeck, it can’t be denied that Flock’s integration of services is slick, usable, and people, rather than service focused.

Flock was originally based on Firefox, and while Firefox plugins could be used with earlier version of Flock, a re-engineering is taking place to base Flock on the open-source version of Google Chrome, which brings it into competition with SRWare Iron, the other based on Chromium. However the benefits of Google Chrome are obvious to anyone that already uses it, such as the speed that Google have worked hard to achieve in Chrome’s rendering and JavaScript engines.

So if you’re looking for someone that concentrates on the people you know, and not on which services you use to connect with them, then we don’t have any reservation in suggesting you check out Flock.

Caveat: default installations of Flock will collect anonymous usage statistics, so be aware of this.

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