Flock Browser – Official End of Support

flock-icon-250x250The original Kingof social browsers is as good as dead. The Flock web browser will dieon April 26th. Back in January, we told you that Zynga Acquires Flock; May Take Social Gaming To A New Level. As you probably know, Zynga is the social gaming power-house behind Farmville, Mafia Wars and a dozen other popular social games.

What wasn’t expected by many Flock users, was that they’d be abandoned so quickly, without anything to take Flock’s place. I just received my End of Supportletter today. Apparently they made the announcement on April 13th.

Flock said the following it their FAQ:

Flock will no longer be actively maintained, which means you can keep using the product, but key features will stop working after 4/26/11 and over time the browser will no longer be secure as software updates and upgrades will no longer be provided.

Here was one of the immediate responses from the Flock faithful.

David S: This sucks big time! Zynga’s decision to shut down this fabulous browser is an outrage and should be condemned. I have officially boycotted all other Zynga products and encourage others to do so as well. … I curse the day they purchased the property …

Since Zynga has decided to kill the Flock browser, what do they recommend that their users do now? Here’s what they said:

There are many browser choices. We recommend either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

I think most people expected that Zynga/Flock would work on a new browser that is designed to work with social gaming. All bets are off now, but if you still want to use a good social web browser, I’d recommend Rockmelt, which gives you built-in access to Facebook and Twitter.

Zynga Acquires Flock; May Take Social Gaming To A New Level

While is getting billions of dollars as investment, one of it’s success stories Zynga (which is worth $5billion too) is ramping up it’s offerings and buying Flock, the social web browser.


Flock, which was initially written on the Gecko engine from Mozilla and later shifted to Chromium which powers was one of the first browsers which was created specifically for social networking and connecting with people. It now looks like Flock will be a part of Zynga and possibly convert into more of a social and social gaming experience.

TechCrunch has reported the deal and also said that both Google and were interested in buying Zynga, however, not for the browser but for the engineering talent behind it.

Nevertheless, Flock has not been a huge success, so the idea of Zynga buying it does not makes much sense, unless that Zynga is either planning to integrate their social gaming experience into the browser or are going to use the engineering team to build more social games for users.

Zynga is the company behind popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Cityville. The details of the deal is not known, but it should be anywhere between $50-$200 million. We’ll update when more information becomes available.

Shareaholic – a Simple Way to Share Web Pages

shareaholic-iconThe name of this web browser addon tells you who it helps. If you are addicted to sharing cool links or awesome images in Twitter, Facebook or any other social web service, Shareaholic could help.

I tried it out, and it’s helped my sharing output already. Shareaholic supports sending content to over 100 different services.


It’s easy to install and use. Just point your web browser to the Shareaholic home page, and install the plugin. They support Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera, Flock and Songbird.

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Once installed, you’ll be prompted to customize it, so that it shows only the services that you use. Clicking on he Shareaholic icon in your browser will bring up the sharing menu.


You might have noticed from the image above, that you can assign keyboard shortcut keys for each service. You can also use it to shorten long URLs. That’s really handy. I also like the simple posts it creates.


If you need more details, watch this video about Shareaholic.

If you have a sharing habit, Shareaholic is an addon you need to try. It’s a lot easier than going through a twelve step program to cure your addiction.

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Note: We previously wrote about Shareaholic almost a year ago. You may also want to check out a similar addon called AddToAny.

Flock Dumps Mozilla Firefox for Chromium

Flock the popular social browser which earlier ran on the Firefox Gecko engine has dumped Mozilla for Chromium, the popular new browser which also powers .


The new Flock beta browser now runs on Webkit which is also part of Safari and Google Chrome. Flock which has about 8 million users has also landed a new feature where you can create a Flock account and sync your settings to the "cloud".

Users can use the cloud feature to take their accounts to any Flock browser without having to reset it again and again. Considering that most of the other browsers too have an option to sync profiles or at-least bookmarks, it made more sense to have it in the newest Flock beta too. Apart from that Flock almost remains the social browser people have known it to be.

The switch from Firefox code to Chromium will come as a big jolt for Mozilla whose internet browser Firefox’s popularity has been going down since the launch of Google Chrome. Also the team at Flock had initially worked with the Mozilla team on the Netscape project before moving towards creating Flock, so their decision to branch out Flock to Chromium will be even more bitter.

You can download the latest beta of Flock by visiting this page, more info and details are available at the official Flock blog here.


Flock Theme For Firefox

Flock the social networking based fork of Mozilla has a much better interface than , if you are looking to get the same interface to Firefox, you are in luck.

A new experimental theme has been released for Firefox which is based on Flock. The theme looks pretty decent and similar to Flock.


Installing this theme will not bring the social networking features to Firefox, to do that you can check our earlier post: Converting Firefox into a Social Networking Hub.

The theme is compatible with Firefox 3.5.1 and earlier versions.

Download Flock Fox Theme For Firefox

Flock Gloss: A Fashionable Browser to Match Your Styles

Browsers have grown from being a simple tool to access web pages, to full fledged social networking tools. Flock has been at the center of the social networking world since it’s inception, no wonder its called the Social Networking Browser.

It was quite surprising though to see Flock Gloss, which aims to bring fashion and entertainment right into the browser. Flock Gloss is the world’s first and only fashion/entertainment browser bringing all the scoop and gossip to you.

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Backup Your Bookmarks In Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Flock and Opera

Bookmarking is a integral part of your browser and over a period of time you may have collected hundreds and thousands of bookmarks. There are various ways to synchronize and backup your bookmarks that we have already talked about. But the fact that many people do not know the basic way to backup bookmarks from browsers led us to write this post.

In this post we will basically tell you how to backup your bookmarks in Firefox 3, Firefox 2, Internet Explorer, Flock, Safari and Opera. Note you do not need any additional tools to backup your bookmarks with the tips we will discuss in this post.

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Del.icio.us for IE, Flock Beta 1.2 with Digg Support and Thunderbird 3.0 alpha codename Shredder

Well its been quite a busy day and there were many interesting new things released today, here is the roundup of all the popular software news and releases that happened today.

Yahoo released a new version of the add-on Del.icio.us for Internet Explorer


The new add-on brings on the same experience which Firefox users with the Del.icio.us extension to Internet Explorer.

New Features for Del.icio.us Internet add-on includes;

  • Near instantaneous searching with very large accounts (over 10K bookmarks)
  • Full del.icio.us sidebar and toolbar implementation with bookmark sync and typedown search
  • Toolbar indicators for new network activity and links for you
  • Works on IE6, IE7, and IE8 beta on both XP and Vista

Download Del.icio.us add-on for Internet Explorer.

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