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Birds of a feather flock together

A flock of birdsThis week is shaping up to be one huge learning experience.

Our home is buzzing with ideas and energy as we try to make the most of having Marg O’Connell staying with us; we have so much to talk about and share.

The latest tool she has introduced me to is Flock. It is an open-source web browser.

Flock: the new social web browser

Wired News reports:

Flock advertises itself as a “social browser,” meaning that the application plays nicely with popular web services like Flickr, Technorati and del.icio.us. Flock also features widely compliant WYSIWYG, drag-and-drop blogging tools. The browser even promises to detect and authenticate all those user accounts automatically. It’s a clear attempt to be the browser of choice for the Web 2.0 user.

Scoble thinks Flock is just the beginning of integrated web applications. In a weighty compliment, he draws a comparison to Microsoft Office, which in the 1990s succeeded in migrating users of separate spreadsheet, word-processing, database and presentation programs to a single, bundled product.

“Today we’re using too many different services to share our stuff on the internet,” says Scoble. “Blogging, photo sharing, wikis, maps, podcasting (and) video blogging are all separate services. They probably will be joined in one system with common user interfaces.”

Flock may or may not become the Office of the web. But, for now, it’s one of a kind, at least as far as buzz goes.

I have downloaded Flock, installed it onto my laptop, and started using it as my default browser. I like what I have seen so far. I look forward to hearing your comments on how you are finding it.

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