For the last 2 days, i’ve been using Flock (developers release) in my daily browsing. Those of you who don’t know what Flock is (or better aims to be), nothing better than reading what the authors say about it:
We started Flock to build tools that empower people and smooth out some of the more hairy parts of living and working online. As it is, we live and breathe this stuff everyday and wanted better tools to do the things that we love doing online.
Well, that doesn’t say much, besides a great objective, which I find very pleasant, but as usual, words are easy, get a thing to work out it’s hard. So I’ll try to write down with a bit more detail my first impressions of this.
Flock is social Mozilla-based browser, designed to integrated itself smoothly with other tools available on the web, some of the examples of this: it’s his del.icio.us integration, allowing to easily share your bookmarks online. Flock is design as far as I can see, to easily integrate itself with any web service that provides an open interface to work with.
One of the tools that comes that it’s already working and I really appreciated was the blogging functionality, it allows you to easily and rapidly blog from the pages you’re visiting, the program automatic recognizes most common webloging platforms, relieving the user from the technical aspects of the blogging experience that when combined with a simple interface that does most of the work for us results in my opinion in a very smooth experience. It has problems, but I personally thing of it as very good beginning of something! 😉
The general interface, might trick the experienced eye to think that it’s a simple new “skin” for the mozilla browser, but I can assure you it seems to have lot of small and clever changes, the one I notice most, was the use of a more user centered speech on the dialog boxes, an example of it was when the browser asks us to store some form information, the answers became “remember” and “don’t remember” as opposed to the common “yes”, “no” and “cancel” we get to see on applications today. Seems a small thing regarding user experience, but as with everything details might make the difference!
It’s true when Steve Rubel writes that Flock isn’t ready for prime-time, but I’m surely enjoying the effort and can’t complain about it being slow on OS X, but I guess this all comes down to the machine one’s running and the personal experience of each of us with other browsers! Nevertheless take your shoot and try it, a take a special tour for the 13 new features.