April 18, 2011 3 Comments
This week I got an email saying Flock will be killed ( jargon – support discontinued) on 26 April 2011. Contents of the mail were as follows -
|Flock Official End of Support Notice
Support for Flock browsers will be discontinued as of April 26th, 2011. We would like to thank our loyal users around the world for their support, and we encourage the Flock community to migrate in the coming weeks to one of the recommended web browsers listed below.
Since no further security updates will be provided to keep you safe on the web, we encourage all Flock users to upgrade to either Chrome or Firefox. Both are based on the same reliable technologies as Flock, and both are being actively maintained and improved. Also, each of these browsers has a broad selection of add-ons and extensions to customize and extend their capabilities.
For more information (including notes on how to migrate to other browsers), please see our FAQ.
The Flock Team
On hearing about the news of Social gaming giant Zynga buying out Flock ( read here) I was quite hopeful of getting to see a social gaming based/themed browser after the social networking browsers like Rockmelt. Moreover since Google had invested 100 million USD in Zynga (read here) and Flock had shifted its platform from Firefox to Chromium ( read here) , so all dots seemed to connecting into a story for me .
Google —-> Chrome —>Chromium<—Flock (Dumps Firefox)<—- Zynga<—- Google ( 100m mln $)
What is intriguing for me here is that whether this decision of zynga to kill support for Flock precursor to roll out a full fledged, new branded social gaming browser or Zynga is feeling Flock is not good enough to be carried forward. Zynga is well aware of banking too much on an third party API like that of facebook for revenue in the aftermath of the still unhealed wounds of vendors and application makers usign twitter API ( UberTwitter are you listening) . Only the coming few weeks or months will tell what Zynga has in mind. The actions of Zynga will be highly important in order to see how the current disputes between application developers [ Zynga, Ubertwitter] and platform owners [ twitter, facebook] will play out.
Stay tuned for more updates on the ongoing technology news …