If you’re a social media addict this is largely going to interest you. I have been using the Flock browser for a while now and can’t just stop talking about it. In brief, it’s the Mozilla Firefox on steroids, only it seems like it were a custom design for the social animals. In case you aren’t already using Flock, go ahead and read the numerous things it allows you to do that your everyday browser won’t.
Setup & Interface
The best part about this browser is that it’s built on the Mozilla open source architecture. What that means is, we are already familiar with the interface and the working since we have used Firefox. So there’s very little adaptation to do. The setup process will, as expected, import your preferences and bookmarks from your previous browser.
The Almighty Sidebar
The sidebar on the left will take care of all your needs. We’ll discuss its features in detail in the points ahead.
The People Feature
Here you can sign into all your social networks and you will have a list of your friends, reflecting their status messages and direct link to their profiles. At any point if you want to share a picture or a weblink all you need to do is drag it to the left sidebar onto your friend’s name. Everything in Flock comes together in one place: My World. Review your feeds, friend updates, favorites and photo/videos updates.
Flock automatically connects you with over 20 of your favorite online services. Just log in. Flock does the rest.
It works just as well on Windows, MacOS and Linux. So no matter which of these operating systems you have you can still have Flock.
Now, bloggers can surf and blog at the same time. With the inbuilt blog editor, you can compose blog posts both online or offline and publish it when you’re done. Not only does it allow multiple blogging account but has support for most popular blogging platforms like Blogger, Typepad, Livejournal and WordPress.
Twitter made Easy
Now tweet as much and as often without having to use any extra desktop client for your twitter account. Browser your tweets, DM’s and even search through Twitter using the sidebar. You can even drag photos and links to any friend to tweet it to them while browsing.
The media bar on the top lets you browse through all photos and videos from any website or even your friend’s facebook album.
FlockCast – broadcast yourself
Now going social is made easy thanks to this new feature in the latest version of Flock. You just have to click on a checkbox while tweeting and your tweets will feature on your facebook page too. Same goes for you Flickr uploads and Blog posts. So the different social pages are no more disconnected. No more reposting necessary.
This is another feature that the bloggers and even enthusiastic readers are going to love. Once you enable the Drag and Drop Web clipboard you can copy all text, links and photos onto the clipboard area on the left.
You can browse the web and still be connected to Facebook chat and notifications. The status bar in the bottom has Facebook Notifications and Chat integrated into it so you no longer have to switch tabs to chat with your Facebook friends.
Moreover, you have RSS feeds and webmail integrated into your sidebar too. You will be notified whenever you have a new mail so you can browse without worrying of your inbox. The list is almost endless.
Go ahead and test drive this browser for yourself and tell us if your like it and if it’s going to replace your previous browser or just complement it.
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