i have been trying a new browser - flock. and i think i am going to switch over to using it from firefox...
then the first thing you notice if you have a flickr account is that either your photos, your contacts photos or even better any new photos from your contacts are on a strip at the top. it scrolls easily along and you can lose it at any point... it really is good. you can also look at the strip of photos in two sizes.
if you put in your blog account details, click a button and you can blog directly in the window that opens (in both wysiwyg and html). and what is particularly sweet is that you can drag any photo with a choice of sizes from the flickr bar at the top. this is genius... i can't remember if i have said this before but if you don't use flickr to upload your own photos you can still blog anyone's photos if you sign in as a member as long as you link back to that flickr page (this way of dragging photos writes that code for you). of course you can do the same with photos from your computer and all the usual things.
if you follow blogs an other web sites in a newsreader you can do that from the browser (other browsers do this too). click on the feed symbol in the address bar and a sidebar appears that you can add the feed to. then arrange them in folders as you like and save any entries as articles for future reference. now that wireless is available so much more, having this all integrated into one place makes a lot of sense. you don't have to open another programme and update and so on... it just all happens. the interface is great.
if you also like to save your favourite sites either as bookmarked favourites or on something like del.icio.us so that others can access them then the beauty of flock is that it integrates the two. add something as a favourite and it gets added to your del.icio.us page as well as bookmarked. sadly this doesn't seem to be working properly for me yet on the mac version. i'm sure it will get resolved. but it will be very good when it works properly. it just makes perfect sense. it is also very simple. in the address bar is a blue star. click it and it turns orange to show it is a favourite. double click it and a box opens where you can add description, tags, and choose favourite folders for it to go in.
it has good search bar tools much like firefox and to cap it all includes a very neat flickr uploader. you can upload individual photos with descriptions, tags, as a set and so on. and all of the interfaces look good, the speed is fast. in short it is brilliant. i have only been trying it for three days and it has crashed once. it is in beta so i guess some bugs are to be expected but browsing just got a whole lot smarter.
it is available for pc and mac btw and is free. click on any of these screen shots and you'll see what it looks like and the various bits i refer to