We’ve all heard about Internet Explorer 9 changing the face of IE forever and how Firefox 4 will shake the boots off Chrome’s ever growing market share, but the real story is about the newcomer—RockMelt!
Ok, maybe that’s a little too much hipe, but I know what your thinking—just another web browser that clames to integrate social site services. Another Flock or Camino with a cheesy name and dorky icon… blah, blah, blah.
RockMelt is a different breed of social browser, and although it’s not for everyone, it does deserve attention from the online community.
Yes, the name is terrible and the icon seems like something drawn up during a sci-fi convention, but the browser itself is something unique. RockMelt, in my opinion, is the first browser to successfully integrate both Twitter and Facebook directly into the way people want to use a browser while delivering a rock solid, full-featured browser.
Built on the back of Google’s open sourced Chromium, this browser lacks almost nothing and was not designed solely for the purpose of socializing and keeping up-to-date on your latest RSS feeds. If you’re open to using Chrome, download RockMelt—they’re on to something, and if RockMelt isn’t the future of browsing, it’s engineering will set the groundwork for whoever is.
I’m not saying it will replace your Firefox or Chrome any time soon, but it’s sure to be a Flock killer.
Check it out—you’ll be sorry you didn’t! Once you do, let me know what you think.
Oh yeah, and you might recognize some of the names behind the engineering… Google it.
¶ UPDATE: Related to my previous post on Using Xmarks and 1Password to Improve Multiple Browser Use, you will be happy to know that 1P works with RockMelt. Simply use the following link from within RockMelt to install: http://aws.cachefly.net/aws/dmg/1PW3/English/OnePasswordChrome.crx – as far as Xmarks, I contacted their support team and this is the thread:
Is Xmarks compatible with RockMelt?
Sync is already built into RockMelt so no need to install Xmarks. Actually, we’re seeing some problems in which using Xmarks conflicts with RockMelt sync issues which prevents sync from working. Your bookmarks, apps, extensions, preferences are all synced across RockMelts.
Yes, but not across multiple browsers… would like even more if I could sync my bookmarks between other browsers. I’ve written a post about multi-browser us and RockMelt…
Thanks for the write up and your support! We’re looking into integration with XMarks later on but for now it’s safer not to add it into RockMelt. We’re also looking into syncing with other browsers for the future! p.s. here’s more on our name and logo: http://blog.rockmelt.com/post/2315702332/behind-the-12-name-how-rockmelt-came-to-be-rockmelt
Props to RockMelt for responding so quickly—another great reason to give it a try. As far as Xmark support, I’ll be keeping an eye out for updates. BTW, good call on deciding not to go with a logo that looked like a pile of s***.