Although new versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox have taken the spotlight, Flock and Opera are two other Web browsers worth considering that connect users to their online habits. Flock 2 is similar to Firefox 3, unsurprisingly so because they are both part of the Mozilla open-source network. They have similar functionalities in their menu bar, but the unknown browser lends itself to the mass content sharing users go online for better than its well-known


Firefox 3 comes with toolbar upgrades that make it easier for users to access bookmarked and frequently visited Web sites, and its "contact" button links to Web-based email for the first time.

Flock 2 has the same features, but they lend themselves directly to users familiar with networking and content sites like Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, and Digg. With one click users can upload up to 1,000 photos at a time to such sites, according to the company's Web site.

Much like Facebook's Newsfeed, Flock 2 comes with a "people" tab that lets users see their friends' updates across various social networking sites all in one place. It also has a page to blog, both online and offline, and post to Blogger, LiveJournal, and other similar sites.

Although Firefox 3 connects to Web-based email, it only connects to Yahoo mail. Flock can connect a user to Yahoo, Gmail, and AOL emails.

Opera 9.5 is similar to both Firefox 3 and Flock, but its most significant feature is the ability to remember content on Web sites rather than just the site name. For example, a user can type information they read on a Web site they don't remember, and while the keys are typed different sites will appear.

It is also very efficient at downloading bit-torrent content.

Though seemingly unknown, both Opera and Flock have much to offer users of networking and content-related sites.