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Have you tried the Flock browser yet? Especially if you’re into social networks, it may be the browser for you. I’m running it and Firefox most of the time, and I do most of my work in Firefox, but the new version 1.1 of Flock has […]

Have you tried the Flock browser yet? Especially if you’re into social networks, it may be the browser for you. I’m running it and Firefox most of the time, and I do most of my work in Firefox, but the new version 1.1 of Flock has some features that make it more useful for me than previous versions. You can download the new version now for the Mac, Windows and Linux .

Flock is a free, open source browser based on the Mozilla Firefox architecture. In the new version, web mail integration features are a big attraction, and there is also Picasa integration. If you’re a Gmail user, probably the most attractive feature in the new version is that you can integrate Gmail directly into the browser (you can also do so with Yahoo! Mail).


If you choose to integrate Gmail into the new version of Flock, you can use a fast, click-to-compose feature to start an e-mail, and since you’re working directly within the browser, it’s easy to send pages, images, articles and the like to others. If you happen to be browsing when someone sends you a message, a Flock Mail icon lights up.

The browser also now has a photo uploader that lets you upload up to 1,000 photos to Picasa. If you have people listed in your Flock People Sidebar you can share photos with them by dragging them there, or it’s fast to use an integrated instance of Gmail to send them to others.

As always, of course, the main calling card Flock has is that you can work directly within your favorite social networking services in the browser, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and recently added integration with MySpace’s platform. For all day use, I find Flock’s interface to emphasize social networking and feeds so much that I tend to prefer to work in Firefox, but for the social network-rabid crowd, it could be the browser of choice.

In conjunction with the release of version 1.1, Flock is making available what it claims are some pretty big usage numbers. They claim to have nearly three million downloads of the browser. I suspect a lot of Flock users, as I do, use it in conjunction with another browser, but it does continue to add innovative new features. And who doesn’t want more competition in the browser space?

Do you use Flock? Have you tried the new version?

  1. Neat! I normally use Flock for easier access to my Photobucket account which is an important business tool for me. However the older Flock I was using was slow and heavy, a real chore to open and use. I never could get the Feeds to work. I upgraded to the new version today and it’s so much faster! I love the GMail integration as well and can’t wait to try out some of the other features.

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  2. Actually, Flock is my preferred browser (even over Firefox), but I decided to not install the new version since it seems to break most of my addons. I’ll wait until these issues are resolved.

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  3. Oh wow….nice integration….the flock flickr uploader is also very handy for photo enthusiasts…

    cheers..
    http://www.80feetroad.blogspot.com

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  4. I’m doing the exact same thing, working in Firefox and using Flock for social networks and email. Gmail integration is an enormous add for Flock and ties probably the most crucial social network of all into the browser. Next on my wish list is integration with an RSS reader like Bloglines, Google Reader, etc. so that I have synchronized feeds across all the places that I read feeds. You didn’t mention the Blogging integration which is also very handy.

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  6. I have no reason to keep using Firefox. I blog, I use Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and other services. Flock makes the most sense to me.

    I’ve been using Flock for the last several months. It takes Firefox and turns it into a social networking machine.

    I like Flock’s new Gmail utility because I’m able to see the subject line of the email without having to log into gmail.com.

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  7. I’ve been using Flock since I got my new laptop and I love it!

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  8. Only one problem (which make the email integration almost useless for me) – It doesn’t support yet the Google Apps Gmail :(

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  9. Naor, that’s a deal breaker for me too.

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  10. Flock is great for the flickr uploader especially, but I find the Mac version to be a bit slow loading Flickr and Youtube.

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