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Why would anyone want to use Flock over just getting Firefox plugins?

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"social networking" sells :) – Molly7244 Oct 4 '09 at 13:23
People will flock to flock when it goes mainstream! – Phoshi Oct 4 '09 at 18:44
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There is ONE, big, main reason I use Flock... and that is RSS feeds.

I tried EVERY RSS sidebar addon for FF as of a year or so ago, and just COULD NOT find any that were really useful and functionally complete. I have a messload of RSS feeds I use for keeping up on all sorts of news, so the RSS functionality of Flock was the seller for me! :)

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Do you really need your feeds real time? Actually, I admit I often use to get IM notifications of answers for my Stack Overflow questions. – Casebash Oct 4 '09 at 21:56
It's not that it shows them in real-time, some of the FF sidebar addins for RSS do that. The thing that Flock's implementation does which none of the FF ones did is that when you have your feeds organized in folders (necessary when you have many), it bolds the folder name and shows an unread count. The best any of the FF addins did was to bold the FEED name and show a count, which meant you need to expand all your folders to see which ones had unread items, which to some extent defeats the purpose of having them in folders in the first place. – eidylon Oct 6 '09 at 15:45
(p.s. - "real-time" isn't truly real time in this case, but every 15 minutes or whatever) – eidylon Oct 6 '09 at 15:47

I tried it for a while. And couldn't see its appeal over "normal" Firefox. I switch browsers fairly regularly, and keeping yet another one updated was more than I cared to deal with :)

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They don't, which is why Flock has remained obscure.

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I'm thinking that some of its obscurity is due to the fact that its home page doesn't even begin to describe what it does. – wfaulk Oct 4 '09 at 18:43

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