Flock v2.5 – Web browser with a twist.

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Hooked on social networking? Test drive Flock 2.5 web browser. This goody has been developed with the sole intention of compounding all your social networking activities all into one single browser. Dubbed as “The Social Web Browser”, it really is a web browser on steroids centering on you social networking stuff.  Post installation, the software can be a bit overwhelming, don’t just take my word on that, try Facebook on Flock with the side bar enabled and you will see right away everything will laid before your eyes. The twist lies upon its ability to anticipate your social networking needs, from media, messages, video, rss feeds and almost everything are served like pancake and hot choco including the food server.

Feature-wise, Flock has a lot. The full feature list is here. If I may, I only would like to point out only the notable ones.

1. Activate social networking accounts and services using Flock Side Bar.

Having tried Flock, I find this feature cool. I can see my friends, their updates, media and all from the side bar. Facebook chat is already readily available from the side bar.

2. Media Bar

Clicking the media bar will give you a strip or panel that will show media content or streams. You can view, share, post, email, drag and drop, back flip, do you kung fu and all else. Truly, Flock is an information  galore.

3. Work with  multiple webmail accounts

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Yes and I like this feature. Having a lot of webmails can be too tedious but Flock instantly can become your personal assistant. With Flock you gain a small envelope icon just below the url bar and you’ll see your email accounts from there. My Gmail account gave me small headers of my emails. Good, succinctlydelicious.

4. Blog support

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Our friendly browser supports blogging too. You can set-up blog service and do a self-hosted blog on Flock.

5. Uber-costumization

As always, the fun doubles when you can customize and personalize. Make Flock dress your own outfit, from toolbars, tabs and windows, favorite sites and media, just like adding a red ribbon on your hair. This browser really is one hell of a stunt.

6. Privacy and Security

On top of the fun, you will see privacy and security features that you will see from other solid browsers such as Firefox. Flock owes it technology to Mozilla, the developer of Firefox. You can change your cookie settings, manage your passwords, instant Web ID and anti-malware alerts.

7. Add-ons

Like big brother Firefox, Flock has it too, albeit, not as many as what Firefox already have. The developer also encourages the creation of extensions. Currently, they only support extensions and themes specific for Flock.

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And that’s it. That is how Flock tries to redefine and make web browser granular, specific to what the end-user needs. Let us see how this project fare overtime. You may get your copy of the software here, don’t you worry, as usual, its free. If you want it in your language, check here.

Don’t forget to tell how you find the app.

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My best loved Firefox plug-ins

Firefox has a huge plug-in base. On its new add-ons site you will find a plethora of nifty tools to complement your Firefox browser, from alerts down to web development tools. Coming in to terms of the massiveness of plug-ins, there is, I think no competition, Firefox has loads of it, handsdown. For the simple me, I like the most three plug-ins that sort of, make me whole during my web activities. Let me show them to you.

1. Morning Coffee Version 1.33

This little plug-in sits near the address bar (just  close to where you type your choice of website). Simply, it keeps tracks of the websites (take note websites-with an “s”) that you want to load all at once at the same time. The idea is simple. Almost all of us have fave sites that we usually visit everyday. Take myself as an example, I usually check my facebook account, my blogs, my favorite sites, etc. I do this everyday, like taking my favorite coffee. I don’t want to miss articles or any information that I get from my own list of websites that I need to keep track of. Unfortunately unlike my coffee where I only need to pick up one cup, my favorite websites are a lot to keep clicking on and open them one by one. This is where Morning Coffee comes in, you can make Firefox remember your own list of sites and add it to your Morning Coffee and your websites gets opened altogether by just one click. Cool, right? There’s more. You can also configure the plug-in to load your sites of choice— daily, your choice of day or during weekends, it can also replace your homepage and display your Morning Coffee list of sites instead. Also, there is a buzz that they’re going to add a new feature which will allow us to have more granular Morning Coffee, like having a different list of sites for a specific time of the day. News in the morning, Sports in the afternoon! How is that for a list? Sweet!

2. Zemanta Version 0.5.7

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This extension really is handy, more so if you are into blogging. What this thing does is assist you by fielding in on-the-fly suggestion of images, articles, tags and links while you type. It allows you to re-use and link to other online content all by matter of clicks. Zemanta has really been useful to me on my blogging adventures, I bet it’ll do just the same to you as it did to me. Very much useful.

3. Download StatusBar Version

I am really a download maniac. Everytime I see applications, new and updates, I cannot turn down the urge to grab my own copy. Yet, I also don’t like being annoyed by Firefox’s download window getting in to my way while I am browsing. Download StatusBar has been my pill. It has given my browser a neat statusbar just below my browser so I can check its  current status, just what I really needed. Seemingly, I gained full control of my downloads with less interruption.

I know for a fact that there really are a gazillion of plug-ins that you can add to your Firefox and customize it to your own liking. All you have to do is check their add-ons site and I am sure you will find your match.

What then is your favorite Firefox plug-in? Tell me, so I can join the bandwagon.

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