Flock: a new web browser

Yet another web browser has seen the light of day. Flock, currently available as a developer preview, is based on Mozilla and has some new and interesting features. I’ve been using it for a couple of hours now and I think I like it. I personally don’t see myself using the bookmarking, tagging, or blogging features or the integration with del.icio.us and Flickr, but the history search rocks! Flock is definitely worth checking out.

Posted on October 21, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks


  1. Flock is nice, v.nice I’ve been waiting to play with it for a while. Its not quite a finished product but the signs are there for a very handy addition to browse power

  2. So if you don’t see yourself using the bookmarking, tagging, or blogging features… uhm… why do you like Flock? Just because of the look & feel?

    You mentioned the history search, I think I will have a look on that.

  3. I am loving Flock… so much that I whipped up a review. Read it here.

  4. October 22, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Julian: I like the general look and feel, which is more polished than Firefox. It also feels quite a bit faster than Firefox.

  5. October 22, 2005 by theUg

    History search? Hate to crush the party, but Opera had this feature since I could walk under the table. ;)

  6. October 22, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    theUg: I never realised Opera had that feature ;-). It is a bit hidden though - in Opera you have to open a History window to access it (at least that’s the only way I could find to search my browsing history), while Flock makes it available right in the search box.

  7. Firefox has history search too - open the history sidebar and its at the top.

  8. I don’t know. It looks too much like just a skin for Firefox, and I don’t like the looks of Firefox, its too big, kinda. I’ll stick with Opera 9.0 preview - go Norway :)

  9. The default theme certainly isn’t the best it could be.

    It does have lots of good features, but it looks pretty overrated. I’m going to stay with Firefox for now. They’re almost the same, anyway. :P

  10. October 22, 2005 by zcorpan

    Even Internet Explorer has history search.

  11. October 22, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Cow, zcorpan: Download Flock and try its history search. Then compare it to that of other browsers. At least to me, Flock’s implementation is clearly superior because it’s always there. No need to open a new window or the sidebar. Just jump to the search box and type away.

  12. Ah, got it. Sorry, I tried Flock but I didn’t know there was a history search up there. Kinda wierd it has two seperate history search functions.

  13. Tor: That’s exactly what i thought.

  14. Just discovered the multiple Bookmarks, excellent, I was looking for just that because I use Bookmarks Synchroniser to write them to my site so I can view on my site (transformed to xhtml) now I can have seperate collections whoo

  15. Interesting. Will take a look at it, too.

  16. Well, I could mostly agree with: http://flocksucks.wordpress.com/

    Flock’s just hype. And very unfortunate hype.

  17. You know what I think is the best part of Flock? The fact that you can have multiple Bookmarks toolbars. Makes browsing your favorites that much faster.

    I understand it’s hype, but so was Firefox… just another fork off the Mozilla base.

  18. Flock seems a bit “Web 2.0 for AOL users” for me. But then, I’ve come to realise that the users simply don’t care if it’s new hype applied to existing technology; just as long as it’s easier for them to download por^H^H^Hbrowse their favourite websites ;)

  19. I have to disagree. Flock is more than just a skin for Firefox. It’s been modified to be a browser that addresses the niche “social browsing” community. If you’re into del.icio.us, Flickr, blogging, etc, then it’s a great step towards making your browsing experience seamless.

    I especially like a little invention they call the Shelf, where you can collect bloggable pieces of information as you surf. Then when you go to compose your post to your blog (via the integrated posting mechanism), you can drag links, images, text, etc. from your Shelf to your post. Implementation is still buggy, but the finished product should be a nice little addition.

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