As I mentioned last week, there’s a lot of buzz about Flock, the new social browser built on top of Firefox. There’s been a few anti-Web 2.0 articles, but here’s some serious anti-buzz: Flock Sucks, the weblog. It begins with “Flockâ€™s website doesnâ€™t even tell you what Flock is. How web 2.0”. What follows are 80 posts with a clear-eyed hate on for Flock. The blogger here clearly has some technical aptitude, and is clued into the space. It’ll be interesting to watch how long they last before they wear themselves out.
Andy, a Flock developer, replies:
I guess I should make some sweeping controversial statement. Hmm. Web 2.0 is a cynical attempt to drive ad revenue to websites and is just a response to popup-blocking in browsers (Thanks Ian, you master of sweeping controversial statements, you); Web 2.0 is so yesterday, the new hot thing is Flock 0.5.
Then we’ve got Xeni Jardin’s article in Wired–Web 2.0 Cracks Start to Show. It features the usual discussion of Wikipedia’s editing model, and so forth.
Lastly, this has nothing to do with the backlash, it’s just worth mentioning. EirePreneur points to Tablane, apparently a new Flockesque browser built in County Mayo, Ireland. They’re apparently going to release the first alpha, or some more information, in about 20 minutes.