Flock – The Social Networking browser says Hi to Chrome, bye to Firefox
Friends, the War of browsers has always been very exciting. I have been using Flock at my home PC for quite sometime now (probably since version 0.8 or earlier while it was using Mozilla Firefox at it's core..!).
Yes, the NEWS is Flock - The Social Networking Browser showed it's love towards Chrome by selecting Google's Chromium project as base to build their next-generation browsing experience. Yes, Flock said bye to Mozilla Firefox.
Using Chromium as a base has given a decent boost to Flock and the sidebar gives even better social networking experience with integration with services like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and I am sure more and more services will be added as new Flock gets mature.
To me the old Firefox based Flock had better User Interface or theme, it was a sparkling theme with silver and light blue shades (default one). But now it has obviously decent theme and better and faster performance, which is what finally matters. So here we as users win along with Flock, those who choose to flock on social web with Flock. If you want to see the glimpse of old Mozilla-core based Flock see my previous post back in July 2009 introducing some exciting features of Flock - The Social Browser.
Here is the quoted paragraph from the Clayton Stark's blog post on official Flock Beta Blog about why Chromium was inevitable as a platform of choice for The Social Networking Browser.
We had already pushed the technologies we were using about as far as we could, and we needed to make things much faster. Enter chromium.org, the next step in the evolution of the Web browser. The technologies that make up Chromium let us push much farther than before, and package our vision into rocketship-fast software. There isn't a limit to what we can do on this platform (which is fantastic, as we have a lot of things we still want to do!)
I also want to take this opportunity to mention Mozilla, and basically take my hat off while I'm at it. Most of the Flock team started building browsers on Mozilla in late 2004, before Firefox 1.0 was released (we built Netscape 8.x together, which was Firefox-based, before working on Flock 1.x). As we start this new chapter with Chromium, it seems important to mention that I believe chromium.org would not even exist had mozilla.org not come before it. We didn't choose Chromium over Mozilla as much as we chose Chromium after Mozilla. It was a natural evolution. I see Mozilla as a venerable deity in the space, and I feel thankful for everything its enabled.
The road ahead for the new Flock is tremendously exciting to us; we have a more innovative and promising road-map than we've ever had before. I hope you like this first incarnation and I look forward to learning more from you as we keep innovating so we can all get more from the social Web.
So are you using Flock? or what is your experience about your favorite browser and how's your social networking experience with your favorite browser?