The web browser Flock is designed to ease multitasking for highly active web users, and it mostly succeeds, writes Walter S. Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal. Billed as “the social Web browser,” Flock gives users a sidebar with feeds for email, and social networking, photo, video, or news sites. The sidebar is always visible next to the page in the main browser window.
And if, say, a friend has added photos to Facebook, you can extend a “media bar” to check out the photos—also without leaving the page in the main window. Flock does offer more efficient web multitasking, writes Mossberg, but is unnecessary for most users. And with all that information in one place, it can be distracting.