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RockMelt beta 3

Custom version of Google Chromium with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media support built in

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

A Facebook account

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 June 2011
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Downloads To Date: 4779
Developer: RockMelt
RSS News Feed: http://blog.rockmelt.com/rss
Twitter Feed: http://www.twitter.com/rockmelt
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockmelt
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RockMelt beta 3
A custom version of Google Chromium with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media support built in

RockMelt is an interesting social media browser, based on Chromium, which allows you to monitor and use your social networking accounts as you browse the web.

The program unsurprisingly looks a lot like Chrome, and can even use apps from the Chrome Store, but it also displays "edge" panels that can, say, display your Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, RSS feeds and more. Another panel displays your Facebook friends (yes, you currently need a Facebook account to use the browser), and so you can easily chat with them, check your stream, read new tweets and more, without having to visit the Facebook or Twitter sites.

The RockMelt team are also just beginning to create new apps of their own for the browser. Install the YouTube app, for instance, and one click will open a YouTube panel where you can watch videos, search for new clips without interrupting what's playing, create playlists, see your search history, and share videos with your friends, amongst other things.

And, of course, because it's essentially Google Chrome with some custom extensions, you can be sure that the browser will perform well on all the other sites you visit - it's fast, secure and easy-to-use.

New in Beta 3, RockMeIt have partnered with Facebook to give you the best possible browsing experience. Available for download and upgrade today, RockMelt Beta 3 adds over 30 features, including better Facebook chat, more Facebook integration, and a streamlined facebook.com experience on RockMelt.

Verdict:

The interface is cluttered and it's not as easy to use as it should be, but if you're a Facebook fan in particular RockMelt could save you some time by providing instant, always-on access to your friends and Facebook stream

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Confusing

Posted by: Simon "Captain Blue" Talard, 19 February 2012 10:46

I know the whole idea of this program is to make my life easier, but when I have to fight and scream (quietly) at a program then something isn't right. For some things it works fine, but for others I started wondering "what's it doing" and "stop that, stop it". I got RockMelt at the same as MultiMi, but MultiMi was just a better fit for me. Rockmelt may be good at Facebook, but if that's all I wanted I would just use Facebook...because it's pretty good.

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