p2pnet.net News:- First there was Tim Berners-Lee`s WorldWideWeb browser released at CERN in March, 1991. Two years later, there came Mosaic as Marc Andreessen and the NCSA`s Eric Bina introduced the first version for X-Windows on Unix computers. In October, 1994, Netscape`s beta version of Mozilla 0.96b went online, then on August 23, 1995, Bill and the Boyz turned their Windows 95 OS loose, and with it came Internet Explorer.
As we all know, today Microsoft pigs it with browsers as well as just about everything else, but as the company`s unpopularity spreads, its grip weakens and Firefox is now giving it a run, albeit a not very threatening one at this point.
Now meet Flock, a new browser built on Firefox.
It`s a functional browser with excellent features (including tabbed browsing, etc) but, What really makes is stand out are two additional features added to build social networking directly into the browsing experience, says techcrunch.
Social bookmarking and a wysiwyg blog writing tool.
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Flock – Social Browsing is Cool
We got our first look at Flock at Bar Camp last weekend – Andy Smith and Chris Messina gave a great demo. Our beta invitation came that weekend as well.
Flock should be launching publicly sometime in September. They have windows, mac and linux versions of their browser already.
Flock has integrated del.icio.us-type features right into the browser. When you are on a page you would like to bookmark, simply press a + button on the top left of the toolbar and the page is automatically included in your bookmark area (called your breadcrumbs). You can also tag bookmarks, of course.
Additional features include your watchlist (people who`s bookmarks you would like to monitor), and groups (basically, defined groups of flockers linking to this category).
Breadcrumbs, Watchlists and Groups all have RSS feeds (of course).
This is pure magic. We`ve tested most blogging tools out there, including qumana (the best in our opinion – profiled here and here), blogjet (Jeff Clavier likes this one) and others. All of these requre a download and allow offline drafting and wysiwyg functionality.
I have to say I think Flock blows them all away. I`m dying to show a screen shot, but Flock has asked it`s beta testers not to (so ignore the very, very small screen shot above). To show this right now would be pushing the limits of their trust, so I won`t.
But it rocks. Setup was very easy (I tested it with my personal blog). It has functionality for editing posts (even posts not created with Flock), quick toggle between preview and viewing the actual code, and, the best feature in my opinion, the ability to simply drag flickr photos direclty into the post and manipulate them. They also allow quick and easy technorati tagging. Wow. I mean, really, wow. This stuff is not trivial to build. The ajax funtionality is stunning.
Bart Decrem is Flock`s CEO and co-founder. The rest of the team includes:
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