Date: Monday, October 24th, 2005, 08:51
I’ve been a Firefox user for quite a while but have been getting more than a little tired of a few issues with it. For example, you can’t press the up arrow key to jump to the beginning of a text field and new windows can take eight to 10 seconds to open. Firefox issues notwithstanding, I’ve found my new Web browser: Flock.
Flock is a new browser that’s built on the Mozilla code base, but it’s more than that. The coolest new features in Flock are built around social networking, and I don’t mean that you can find an Internet date with it, either. My favorite features:
– Instead of favorites and bookmarks Flock works with del.icio.us and syncs your local favorites with your del.icio.us ones. “Each time you star a page as a Favorite, it is added to both your local and your del.icio.us list.” If you haven’t used del.icio.us’ network bookmarks yet, set up an account today and you’ll never look back.
– Flickr image support. “With Flock, blogging Flickr pictures is easy. You can drag and drop pictures from our integrated Flickr topbar right into your blog post.”
– Blogging. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this craze called blogging and everyone’s got one. If you’re a blogger, Flock features built-in tools that allow you to easily highlight some text on a Web page, right-click on it and select “blog this.” This feature has tons of potential but I could only get it to work with my Blogger account. For whatever reason, It wouldn’t work with my Movable Type or WordPress blogs.
Bear in mind that Flock is only a developer preview, they list the version number as 0.5-pre. So expect to find lots of bugs and prepare to stare at the spinning beach ball every now and again. If you’re into browsers and you use any of the social networking tools mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to check out Flock.