Firefox IPO? Blodget says to bet on it.

Market watcher Henry Blodget’s bullish on the prospects of Firefox and for good reason.   Firefox has 15% of the potentially *extremely* lucrative browser market with most of the rest resting in the hands of Microsoft.

Blodget goes so far as to suggest a merger with Netscape, leading to a mega browser company that would then partner with many and build a more aggressive marketing plan.

It’s a very good idea and something to watch carefully.

Why not Flock?

I’ve wondered why Flock has flailed away in the browser market, so far without much success.  It’s  a great product with very sharp folks behind it, and it rests on a great idea – socializing the browser.   But I think Flock was ahead of it’s time.  In the meantime websites used mashups and widgets and such to socialize themselves, leaving Flock less valuable than it would be in a world where you could not easily get cross-website activity within your existing browser.    

 Even early adopters (well, maybe not Scoble, who seems to try a new application every 15 minutes) are pretty stubborn about changing applications.     Google’s been the biggest beneficiary of this tendency which many wrongly attribute to superior search results.     Results matter, but not as much as “momentum” which kept us all using MS Office products well past their prime.

But this factor probably won’t inhibit Firefox adoption any more than it already has – Firefox is a popular application and has enormous positive buzz, and as Blodget notes they’ve done little to hype or promote it yet.

Firefox problems

UPDATE:  Your Firefox extensions acting up could also be the problem.  I’m checking this now and have removed several like “StumbleUpon, a custom toolbar, and a Video downloader.   If this works I’ll try reinstalls to see if I can duplicate the problem but in meantime see this list of problems for extensions: Firefox Extension problems.

I should have listened to Mark Cuban some weeks ago when he noted the problems with Firefox.   I’d been chalking up the slowdowns and surfing problems to a problem 512meg chip I’m in the process of replacing in the laptop, but it’s now clear the trouble is with Firefox.     I just reinstalled the latest version and still no luck – as a process Firefox quickly grows to absorbing 99% of my CPU capacity and everything slows to a crawl.   I’m using IE for now until this shakes out or my new chip brings me to 1 meg RAM on this laptop which should be enough to compensate for the problem.   I read somewhere that Firefox could be using all of my 512 meg as part of normal operations, and that his is *not* a firefox memory leak.

So, if you are experiencing the Firefox problems consider more memory or switching to IE!