Flock Evolves the Browser to Web 2.0

Review: Why limit yourself to IE, Firefox, and Opera? Flock puts a Web 2.0 twist on browsing, incorporating mashups with blogging, social bookmarking, and photo sharing sites.

The Internet is supposed to be interactive, right? Its not just about being a passive watcher of Web sites, but about sharing your input, as well. The Flock browser is an attempt to bring some of the Web 2.0-style concepts right to the application that gives you a view of the interweb. Built on top of FireFox, Flock incorporates "mashups"—the hip buzzword for web service integration—with social bookmarks (with del.icio.us and Shadows), photo sharing (with Flickr and Photobucket), and blogging—with tools built into the browser for posting to your blog. In fact, its this integration on which Flocks creators intend to build their business model, cutting deals with other web services.

Like Firefox, Flock is built on top of Mozillas Gecko engine, so it renders pages just as Firefox would, and handles tabs similarly. It doesnt natively support Firefoxs multitude of extensions, though (more on that later).

Flock runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and its first beta release just hit this past Tuesday evening. Theres still some work to be done, but theres also a lot to like.

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