Move Over Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari! Rockmelt is the new browser for the social media savvy. It was launched this Monday by the makers of Netscape and best of all it has built in capabilities for Facebook and even Twitter so you can chat with your friends as you browse.
Taking a run on the beta version of RockMelt, I can appreciate the use of the browser. It’s divided into sections. On the left screen edge (formerly known as sidebars in your old browser), you can view your Facebook friends. It’s filterable by favorites and by a button in which you can show all your friends. On the right screen edge, you can add different net feeds and applications. You can also use Google Chrome extensions on RockMelt although sometimes these might backfire. It does have quick share capabilities for that article you want to post on your Facebook page with a note.
It is important to note that it forces you to log on to Facebook and share your friends. If you are afraid of security problems by allowing access to your friends then this might not be the right browser option. Although, the company explained to CNET that your friends information will not be given to third parties.
RockMelt is the product of Netscape co-founder, Marc Andreessen who has been criticized by PC World’s Alan Shimmel for building a browser very familiar to Google’s Chrome.
“I don’t think this is really building a browser from scratch. This is Chrome with some nifty extensions. It reminds me of back when there were custom versions of Netscape. . . If you really want to do something radical, really build it from scratch.”
It is also without any security patches in its beta version. This poses a risk for users who are on open Wi-Fi networks.
You can take a look at RockMelt online, but remember that the invite is linked to Facebook.
Roseblatt, Seth. The Download Blog. cnet.com
Shimmel, Alan. RockMelt: Who Needs Yet Another Browser? PCWorld.com
New Web Browser RockMelt launched. ChannelNewsAsia.com