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social web browserAfter having been available in private beta since November 2010, RockMelt, the social web browser, has finally launched its next phase of public beta testing. Available for both Mac and Windows users, you can now download the public beta without having to wait for a coveted invite from a friend.

Similar to Flock Easy Blogging With The Flock Browser Easy Blogging With The Flock Browser Read More , RockMelt is a browser that targets the die-hard social media addict by integrating Twitter and Facebook directly into your browsing experience. It doesn’t end there as you can easily integrate other sites that you use on a daily basis including Tumblr, YouTube and Google Reader. Aside from it’s social media features, RockMelt also includes basic features found in other browsers, such as hitting the tab key to search from the address bar.

Facebook

As far as Facebook integration is concerned, RockMelt automatically logs you into Facebook chat, with your contact list featured subtly on the left hand side of your browser. There you can see which contacts are online and which are idle. You can also selectively add Facebook friends to your favorites, and toggle the view of your contact list to show your favorite friends only.

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On the right hand side of the browser you can access all of the apps and feeds that you have added to the browser.

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There are two separate Facebook tabs on the right hand side. In one, you can see your friends’ latest posts and update your Facebook status. Interaction with your friends on Facebook include the ability to like and comment on their updates. When your feed is updated, or you have any new notifications, a small badge will appear over the Facebook icon with the number of updates. The second tab features all of your Facebook notifications, and new notifications are visible through a badge with a mouse over the icon.

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When chatting with friends, a new window will open up. You are  notified of new chat messages with sound notifications as well as badges on the contact’s image in your contact list.

Twitter

Like with Facebook, adding Twitter to RockMelt will allow you to keep up with your Twitter feed from a convenient window accessible from your apps and feeds list on the right hand side of the browser. With the Twitter feed, you can toggle a sidebar open and closed to reveal links to your replies, direct messages, tweets, retweets and lists.

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You can tweet, reply to tweets and retweet them, using Twitter’s native Retweet method.

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You can even share a link from Twitter directly on your Facebook wall.

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As far as content is concerned, photos and videos are displayed embedded within your feed.

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If you want to add multiple Twitter accounts, you can do so by clicking on the settings button in your Twitter feed.

An interesting RockMelt Twitter feature is the ability to search your timeline for keywords, which is a nice novelty feature. The more significant and more useful feature of searching Twitter is, unfortunately, not a feature included in RockMelt’s mini-client.

Some drawbacks we noticed to using Twitter on RockMelt is that to view a user’s profile you have to open it on the website, and if you want to retweet and add your own text to the tweet, you’ll have to copy and paste the original tweet.

Integrated Sharing

RockMelt takes things one step further, making it easy not only to access information directly from your favorite sites, but also making it easy to share content as well. The ‘Share’ button next to the address bar allows you to share links quickly as you are viewing them, directly to your added apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

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Have you downloaded RockMelt? Would you be willing to switch from your preferred browser to RockMelt? Let us know in the comments.

  1. bobeyuno
    June 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This should be reviewed again..i just upgraded to version 3 beta and it's a lot slicker and a quiet mode to just turn it into chrome with the touch of a button 

  2. Fuffy_frog
    April 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    yea, I don't have facebook and it won't let me do anything unless I have facebook, so it fails

  3. Janet
    March 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Amazing!!! I'm a massive social network geekazoid, and I tried flock and it's okay but I'll try this out too. I hope it doesn't eat up massive memory for my pc.

  4. Clintondaly1
    March 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I have been using Rockmelt for several months now and absolutely love it,I actually find it boring now to use another Browser

  5. Christian Tian
    March 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Awesome but I cant stand the 3rd web browser found on my desktop.

    • Aibek
      March 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      what are the first two? Chrome and Firefox?

  6. OMG Eureka
    March 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

    that's the point. why we need to start from scratch. The extensions or add-ons are enough to make your existing browsers (firefox / chrome) best for social sites. More apps like these makes your working experience more difficult.

  7. Will Radie
    March 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I dont know.. Maybe I would use it for times when I am only on the PC to mess with my social networking sites, but that is so rare these days.. I Really cant ever see myself switching from FireFox (and all my addons) but I use Chrome for some stuff and I suppose I could use RockMelt for Social needs.

    At the very least the sharing looks good.

  8. Jenny Teo
    March 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I have an almost complete experience with my Chrome now, less the social setup. Need the ability to sync with Chrome esp the extensions/web apps, else it's hard to switch over.

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