So I recently came across a blog posts that spoke of a new "browser" that is labeled the Social Media browser. But what exactly does that entail? Well thats the same question I had. In an effort to try to understand what this was about, I decided to install said browser. Wondering what the name of this browser is? it's called "Flock".
As you can see from the image above, Flock lets you have one browser to basically manage all your social networks in one place. According the Wikipedia, here are Flock's features:
Flock 2.5 integrates social networking and media services including MySpace,Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc. Notably, when logging into any of the supported social services, Flock can track updates from friends: profiles, uploaded photos, and more. Flock's latest 2.5 version added Twitter Search functionality, multi-casting of status updates to multiple services, and the introduction of instant messaging via Facebook Chat in the browser.
Other features include:
- native sharing of text, links, photos and videos;
- a "Media Bar" showing preview of online videos and photos as well as subscription to photo and video feeds;
- a feed reader supporting Atom, RSS and Media RSS feeds;
- a blog editor and reader, allowing direct posting into any designated blog;
- a Webkit-mail component allowing users to check supported web-based email off site, compose new messages, and drag-and-drop pictures and videos from the "Media Bar" or webclipboard into a new email message;
- support for third-party add-ons, including a number of Firefox extensions.
From my personal initial glance, Seems like a very nifty way to deal with social media networking, but whats really the difference between Flock and let's say the firefox plugin called Yoono?
I guess it would depend on the individual user. As I would like to consider myself a novice at using Flock, I think it was beneficial to see a little bit about this Social Browser before I get into playing around with it a little more.
So far it the question of "Should we Flock" seems to be based on a personal answer. Does it matter?