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Flock browser to be officially discontinued April 26th

updated 02:05 am EDT, Fri April 22, 2011

Development team was migrated to Zynga games

When it first came out in 2005, the Flock browser was a Mozilla/Firefox derivative with a novel difference: a RSS (and later social-network) sidebar that allowed users to keep one eye on feeds while continuing their usual web browsing, and also featured drag-and-drop photo uploading. Today, such incorporations take many other forms -- from menu items to plug-ins -- but the basic idea has proven popular. Back in January, CEO Sean Hardin announced that the Flock team would move en masse to the social-network gaming company Zynga and that development would be halted. Today, the company officially posted notice of the end of support effective April 26th.

"We would like to thank all our loyal users around the world for their support, and we encourage the Flock community to migrate ... to one of the recommended web browsers ... since no further security updates will be provided to keep you safe on the web" the company said in a statement, suggesting either Firefox or Google's Chrome.

Over its history, the company raised some $30 million in funding and won several design awards for its innovations. It discontinued development shortly after switching from a Mozilla web-engine base to a Chromium/WebKit base last summer. At it's height, Flock supported being logged into, monitoring and updating Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube and various RSS feeds simultaneously and boasted 10 million users.

The program also won early praise back in its beta days for its history-searching feature; later editions added more search capabilities, including pulling up related blog and social-site posts regarding any topic being searched on in addition to a standard Google search.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. facebook_Michael

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    I guess they are getting the 'flock' out of there.

    Never heard of Flock before or at least I don't remember it.

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flock, the answer to a question ...

    ... that no one asked.

    Flock was a Gecko-based browser that made it easy to setup access to social media sites. Some may have found it useful, but is was hardly a reason for switch from your current browser. To that, I say "Nice try."

    However, I lost respect for the company when I read its farewell email earlier this week. It stated that Firefox and Chrome were based on the same technology as Flock. This is simply not true. Chrome is based on WebKit, Apple's fork of KHTML. Firefox is Mozilla's premier browser based on its Gecko engine. Gecko and WebKit have nothing to do with each other. Flock was based on Gecko, and thus, had nothing to do with Chrome.

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