If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that I’m generally pretty annoyed with Firefox. If nothing else, my SOB entry Has Firefox jumped the shark? ought to serve as a pretty big hint. My interest in the development of Chrome (as hinted at by my TechRepublic article, What are the security implications for Google Chrome?) might offer some indication of my intent to eventually find a way to get away from Firefox, too.
A while back, a new browser came out: Flock. It’s built on the same codebase as Firefox, but some notable changes have been made in its interface, and it is intended to much more closely integrate with “social” Websites. It’s called “The Social Web Browser” on its own Website, and bills itself as “The Browser for the Modern Web”.
I gave it a try early on. It suffered from some shortcomings and annoyances that frankly annoyed the crap out of me — even more than Firefox did. I went back to Firefox.
A while later, I tried it again. Some things had improved. Others had not. Back to Firefox again.
I’m giving it another try. So far, it seems head-and-shoulders above Firefox for me. It’s a little lighter and a little faster, and even though its built in support for Delicious bookmarks seems to be broken on this install, it supports the same Delicious bookmarks plug-in I was using with Firefox — so all is well on this front.
I’ve (re)found something that will keep me from completely losing my mind until I get a chance to give Google Chrome a more serious try than I currently can (since it’s only available on MS Windows so far and has some show-stopping issues that will have to get fixed before I use Chrome for more than just testing purposes). Finally, I’ve discovered a slightly less odious browser choice than Firefox, in the form of its fork, the Flock browser.
At least, it seems less odious so far. I’m keeping my mind open, though.