Yesterday I downloaded and fired up the Flock 1.1 release. What is Flock? Flock is a Firefox-based browser aimed toward the social-networking butterfly in all of us. But it’s much more than that. How much more? Let’s find out.
First and foremost - it’s Firefox with a ton of plugins, so it’s already starting off on the right foot. Next, it’s right on target for what is probably going to be another wave of serious social networking. And let’s face it, as much as I am not a fan, social networking is not going to go away. And as much as I am an anti-fan of social networking sites, Flock just might change my mind.
What Flock does is add sidebars and menus for social networking sites. From those sidebars you can watch your Facebook friends, your flickr friends, delic.io.us articles, multimedia, Web mail, etc. You can save articles, subscribe to RSS feeds - all the while you are browsing the network. It’s almost overload to an already overloaded sect of people. How much so? Imagine being a child at Christmas and going into the largest toy store ever! You don’t know where to look first. And it takes a while for you to pare it all down to the point where everything you are seeing is just what you want to see. But once you have it whittled down, it’s outstanding. So much so, you might not be firing up plain-jane Firefox ever again.