Flock

Flock 3.5.0.4641

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Super fast social networking browser based on Chromium

Important Note: Since late 2011, Flock has been discontinued therefore there is no download link. However, it may return at a future date. View full description

PROS

  • Very fast
  • Excellent feed reader
  • Intelligent people sidebar
  • Integrates Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and more

CONS

  • Sidebar limits social networks to one at a time

Good
7

Important Note: Since late 2011, Flock has been discontinued therefore there is no download link. However, it may return at a future date.

Flock is a web browser which was originally based on FireFox and features broad integration with a wide range of social networks and blog sites.

Flock 3.5 sees it changed considerably. Gone is the Firefox base in favor of a Chromium one which is interesting considering the recently released RockMelt has also based itself on Chromium and aims to steal the social networking par excellence crown from Flock. However, Flock beats it in the social networking stakes offering integration with LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube compared to just RockMelt's Facebook and Twitter. The new Chromium base is supposed to provide "faster performance and superior stability."

When you start Flock, you're offered the chance to import settings from Firefox or Safari. Note that you can't have either open when you do this. The first thing you notice about the new Flock is that the Chromium engine has made it much faster. Browsing is lightening fast in Flock. It also seems much lighter on resources, barely registering in the CPU process list.

The social aspect has still been maintained well including special tools to keep track of your friends from different social networking sites, write directly on your blog, upload images to your photo sharing site, read your favorite feeds and access your favorite social sites (Digg, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) straight away. However, the main drawback of Flock remains which is that all of the social networking features open on sidebars, which means you can't have all of them active at the same time. It's great though being able to update Twitter for example within your browser, without having to have a third party client open.

When you close Flock, it offers you the chance to sign-up for a Flock account which means that your previous pages and tabs will be remembered. This is a default feature in browsers such as Firefox and Chrome which don't require an account so I don't see why you should have to sign-up for one.

Flock 3.5 is definitely the fastest Flock ever although the developers now have some serious competition to contend with in the form of RockMelt.

Changes

  • Fixed the Facebook login detection issue.