Flock browser back in flight

Last year a group of geek celebrities from the open source Mozilla project (cast your mind way back to the last desperate days of Netscape) set out to build a new kind of browser that would somehow make web browsing in the age of social networks a richer, deeper experience. They called their new browser Flock, but the early "developers release" landed with a thud.

The first version "wasn't ready for consumers," Flock CEO Bart Decrem told BusinessWeek.com. Now the Flock has landed again with a "public Beta," and, once again, the early adopters are eager to be pleased. "I've been running the most recent developer release on my Mac for the last few weeks and it is now my browser of choice," writes Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, praising the software's "photo integration with Flickr or Photobucket, social bookmarking integration with Del.icio.us or Shadows, blogging tool, enhanced search and RSS reader."

The Swisss-army-knife publishing tool might make good sense for the likes of Arrington, who posts pictures and subscribes to RSS feeds by the dozen, but it's unclear that the revolution will spread to the unwashed public. Even Wall Street Journal writer Jeremy Wagstaff, who applauds the tool, damns it with faint praise: "Another browser can't be bad news," he writes. "I'm not going to dump Firefox for now, but I think I'll keep Flock a-flickering too for now."
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