If you are not on Facebook or Twitter, you must be living in a cave. This is the age of social media and social networking. To spruce up your social life, here is a social browser too. Meet RockMelt, the social ‘Facebook browser’. From the developer blog –
RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages. It makes it easy for you to do the things you do every single day on the Web: share and keep up with your friends, stay up-to-date on news and information, and search.
RockMelt is backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen and has entered a private beta today. It lives in the cloud and uses Facebook authentication to synchronize a user’s browsing experience across machines. Your settings, bookmarks, etc., are all backed up online.
RockMelt is built on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s browser. However, as a Chrome user, you will notice three biggest changes to the browser as RockMelt is built around friends, feeds, and search results. The left rail is for friends. The right rail is for sites. And the top rail is for search.
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RockMelt is now in limited beta and you need to apply for an invitation. As and when we have some invites and/or the download link is made public, we will certainly update this post. Till then, go ahead and request for an invite from their homepage.
Update: I have 3 RockMelt invites to share. The problem is I can only share it with my Facebook friends. If you are connected with me on Facebook, then shoot a message and I will be happy to share one.
For now, check out the video demo of how RockMelt works.
As with Flock, the Mozilla based browser, RockMelt also faces the challenge of user acceptance. It is marketed as a social web browser, implying the current set of browsers as old and non-social friendly. It remains to be seen if users accept it wholeheartedly in their digital lives.