Flock, the social browser, will become reclusive forever

It's the end for the world's first browser branded as a "social" browser. Flock first emerged six years ago, on April 11, 2005. Back then, it was simply Firefox bundled with a few select extensions. Over the years, it first contemplated, then decided on switching to the Chromium base starting from version 3 last summer. They were even Netscape's browser of choice when Netscape development came to a halt in February 2008. But it all comes to an end soon; in two weeks, Flock will be discontinued.

In a statement released on Flock's homepage as spotted by TechCrunch, a simple message announces the upcoming end of the browser. They paid homage to the two browsers who they have based their code off of by linking to both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. 

After some brief competition with its competitor, Chrome-based RockMelt, Flock was purchased by the developer of Farmville, Zynga, earlier this year, although the company has nothing to do with the shutdown. But soon, Flock will be little more than a distant memory.

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computerwizkid said,
And just noticed that the notice is opened in Opera, NICE!!!!. Two useless browsers in one screen: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox! Too harsh, eh?
Ambiguous.
computerwizkid said,

No. I meant Opera + Flock.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are in the screenshot as well. Hehe.

PatrynXX said,

Opera useless? Only one that just does about everything.. kicks Chrome around the corner and off the earth if you have a powerful computer to run it..

Is my 2010 iMac with 2.92 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 8 GB of memory enough to run Opera you think? Gee whiz, I certainly do hope so!

Never really did use Flock and had only tried it once a few years back.

Though @computerwizkid I wouldn't say all 'social' browsers are pointless. Rockmelt is really good for a social browser. It was just upgraded to the latest chromium build along with a new chat bar and twitter app.

Umm..... WTF was Flock? I've been on the net since '97, and I literally have not heard word one about this program, from it's creation until today.

Reverend Spam said,
Umm..... WTF was Flock? I've been on the net since '97, and I literally have not heard word one about this program, from it's creation until today.

It was a browser that featured social networking built into it rather than requiring extensions to do nearly the same thing. First based off of Gecko (same as Firefox), and apparently based off Chromium too later. I really haven't heard much about it too since it first became popular.

Reverend Spam said,
Umm..... WTF was Flock? I've been on the net since '97, and I literally have not heard word one about this program, from it's creation until today.

You suck at the net.

They were even Netscape's browser of choice when Netscape development came to a halt in February 2008.

Wait what. Netscape only ended in 2008?! Hell, I thought they stopped many years before that. Before Firefox came into view even. Wow, I was really out of the tech loop apparently.

OrangeFTW said,

Wait what. Netscape only ended in 2008?! Hell, I thought they stopped many years before that. Before Firefox came into view even. Wow, I was really out of the tech loop apparently.

Netscape was based on Firefox for the final few versions, just with Netscape branding and a different theme. Which is kind of ironic since Firefox was originally based on it; full circle.

OrangeFTW said,

Wait what. Netscape only ended in 2008?! Hell, I thought they stopped many years before that. Before Firefox came into view even. Wow, I was really out of the tech loop apparently.

It ended many years ago, and they resurrected the thing much later with an hybrid engine that was gecko/IE, then just gecko, then it died again.

It was my main browser until Opera 11. Chrome is more for older slower computers.. Probably have to switch my feeds to Opera now.

PatrynXX said,
It was my main browser until Opera 11. Chrome is more for older slower computers.. Probably have to switch my feeds to Opera now.

what Is it with opera users associating chrome as something viable for older slower computers? Is that meant to be some kind of insult? As in it doesn't deserve to run on good hardware (which it works great on by the way)?

Or is opera slow on older hardware so to justify using it you have to bad mouth another browser because since it's running so fast and doesn't bring the computer to a crawl it must be crap?

Not taking a stab at opera but there's no reason to belittle chrome because it also works fast and efficient (unless flash is involved)

astroX said,
Rockmelt defintely is a tough competition (speaking only of social browsers), eh?

I'm using Rockmelt everyday, and I love it, the only thing I miss is the blog editing of Flock.

Rockmelt is damn good. I just couldn't be bothered moving all my stuff over from chrome.

I use it for when I don't want to be distracted

XP1 said,
What kind of screenshot is that? A bare-bones Opera window? O_O

Yep, Opera with all its toolbars turned off. I could've done Chrome's app shortcuts but I was too lazy.

Flock was always too far behind the times. Give it a few months and Camino should end up the same way (though I'm surprised it's lasted this long).

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