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The Flock Flap

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Dealing with rumors and gossip is like nailing jelly to the wall. The right (wrong?) ones take on a patina of truth they don't deserve, just because they sound right or we feel they should be right. Consider the recent blog-buzz about whether or not social-networking web browser Flock, a Firefox-derived product, is going to ditch its Mozilla base and switch instead to Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Chrome because of poor support from the Moz side.

I use Flock. A lot. It's become the standard way I deal with Flickr (which I love), Twitter and Facebook (which I am forced to tolerate because, well, everyone else uses them), and a whole avalanche of feeds. You can bet I'd have a good reason to be curious as to whether or not they would be changing the underlying technology used in their browser.

That wouldn't be a trivial thing. It would mean breaking from the entire Mozilla ecosystem, with all of its plugins and APIs and other things that make life and browsing easier -- trading all of that up for a platform which is still in a 1.x incarnation (and doesn't even have a working plug-in system yet, come to think of it).

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