Down with Flock, back on Google Reader

I’m back on Google Reader, and I can say that I have missed it.

I had been on the Flock train for about two months using it for blogging, feed reader, flickr posting, etc. Last week I kicked that habit after I finally just got too annoyed. It’s instable, crashing at least once a day and often times consuming > 50% of the processor (yes, I have plenty of hardware running it). I also found that it wasn’t purging posts from feeds it had downloaded thus taking up > 50gb of room on my hard drive. That’s when I was through.

Now I’m back on Google Reader, after the latest release. I am liking it thus far although it is still ugly it is functional.

As for Flock, it’s goodbye until a stable release if ever. I love the feature set but if it’s not gonna work…it’s not gonna work.

I have been tagging a lot of posts ‘shared’ in Google Reader, which is an excellent feature they have added. I used to tag posts and articles in delicious that I have read and wanted to share. Now, I click the share button and it aggregates to my website, a page Google set up, and is syndicated via ATOM in a feed.


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3 Responses to Down with Flock, back on Google Reader

  1. Will Pate October 18, 2006 at 3:02 pm #

    Andy, sorry to hear about your experience with Flock didn’t go as well as you would have liked. We’re working hard on the next version right now and that includes performance improvements like a garbage collector for feed items. I’ll make sure the engineering team hears your feedback.


    Will Pate
    Community Ambassador, Flock

  2. Andy Brudtkuhl October 18, 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    Thank you much Will. I really do like where you are going with this product and I understand it’s not meant for the load I was putting it through (yet) being pre version 1.0.

    I love the feature set and have no problem with the user experience – but just low-level system issues like I mentioned.

    Keep up the good work and I’ll definitely try it again when it is more stable on a later version.

    And I really like your team’s involvement in the conversation with the community around your browser. kudos.

  3. JetteroHeller November 17, 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Great that the teams on it — I’m impressed it even works on my FC6 system. My main deal is the Blogger posting issue, which right now doesn’t work for me at all. WordPress works like a charm, though.

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