Friday, October 21, 2005

Flock is Out!

David Cowan, Jed Smith, Bryan Bell, Jon Hicks, Kevin Gerich, Vera Horiuchi, Colin Crook, Giorgio Maone, Jeremy Gillick, Bradley Chapman and Samir Boulema - the team behind Flock has posted the early betas (or are they alphas) binaries of the Flock Browser (7.3 MB exe for the Wintel crowd). Flock is based on Mozilla and promises not to fork Firefox code.

Flock spins around the idea of being a social phenomenon first and a piece of software later. It is being touted as the something that will usher in Web 2.0 (the fancy name for the advance www or in the WAIWSTB [my term!] (Web As It Was Supposed To Be).

Yes, this is just off the Slashdot. But what does it means to us, the Pakistanis here? Blogging, wiki authoring, RSS craze and has been taken well by the users in Pakistan. And if this is true, Flock is going to be a hit here as well very soon.

You can read the features of Flock yourself but for the uninitiated, here's a short summary:

Bookmarks are gone. Flock Faves are in. Flock uses - URLs are stored on-line, are searchable and shareable! Index history comes in handy saving you time. Automagic aggregation feature of Flock is like an efficient agents that collects snippets from all the sites that you tend to visit frequently. And since life on planet earth is no more possible without blogging, Flock contains built in a blogging editor that works with WordPress, Movable Type and Typepad, and Blogger (Live Journal is being promised). And of course, the bookmarklet of Blogthis has matured in Flock for better. Select any stuff on a website, right click and select Blogthis. The inbuild blog editor opens, with the content properly inserted as a blog quote and proper citation in place! RSS is supported as in FF. There is new tool called the 'Shelf' where you can drag items of interest as you rush on the web for later attention. The topbar (the new cousin of toolbars) is in. Currently, it hooks up with your flickr account and lets you drag-and-drop images from your (or anybody's else) Flickr account into your blogs.
I am still trying to see what is special about Flock in terms of using Wiki spaces. But one thing that I am sure about is because of all the hype in once place, the browser will defintely claim its share in the browser market. The strenght of Flock, to me, is driven by the fact that the team behind it has put a logical needs of today's social netizen in one neat package.

Don't be surprised if you see a lot many more desi/national/pakistani blogs, flickr accounts and podcasting stuff taking off as a result sometimes in the coming months!