Flock's New Version: Gmail Integration May Attract Web Workers

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?


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