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Social Networking Browser Flock Bids Farewell

Flock, the browser released in 2005 is going to be decommissioned on April 26, the company officially declared on its website.

The company said in its farewell statement, "Support for Flock Browsers will be discontinued as of April 26th, 2011. We would like to thank to our loyal users around the world".

On an interesting note, this decision has come just months after leading social games developer Zynga put the final nail in the coffin with their acquisition of Flock.

The Flock browser (opens in new tab), built under the Web2.Orhea platform with an estimated cost of approximately $30 million, is undoubtedly one of the most expansive product in the company’s history.

Flock was originally designed to be a social-networking browser, thus being the first of its kind. It received massive popularity and a wide-spread media coverage all over the world.

Paul Mason, the father of the project, reportedly said in an interview, "I am not predicting Flock will wipe Microsoft Internet Explorer off the world's desktops, but the browser is built on, Firefox, already has a 10% market share".

Addressing the future possibilities with Zynga, the company released a statement saying, “The Flock team joined Zynga in January 2011 and is now working to assist Zynga in achieving their goal of building the most fun, social games available to anyone, anytime - on any platform" .

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.