Rockmelt, or How I learned to stop worrying and love a browser

Work is no longer about work. Work is about not allowing your vices and distractions to become overbearing to the point where you get fired. Thanks to our good friends at Rockmelt, you no longer have to look over your shoulder while you post that sneaky tweet about how your boss gave you guff for being a few minutes late from that coffee break. First, if you're not familiar with Rockmelt, the details:
RockMelt is a proprietary social media web browser developed by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria. The project is backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen[1]. RockMelt integrates a unique technique for surfing the web that focuses on Google Search and Social Media, in particular Facebookand Twitter[2]. The browser launched in private beta on November 8, 2010[3]; in order to download it, users are required to connect their facebook account to the website to receive an invitation email[4], RockMelt supportsWindows and Mac OS X platforms. RockMelt is based on Google's open-source project Chromium, a cross-platform family of browsers (available for WindowsMac and Linux) that use the open-source web layout engine WebKit[5]—jointly built by Apple, Google and the open-source community—but have the JavaScript engine replaced by Google's own V8, also open-source. Version 3+ of Flock, an older social web browser project and therefore a primary competitor to Rockmelt, is also based on Chromium.
Everything under the hood of Rockmelt is seemingly awesome, and to be quite honest I don't get a lot of the hiccups that I've gotten in Firefox or Safari in the past. I won't get into the specifics of which browser out there is faster or more secure or the most gnarly. As Friday would say "just the facts ma'am." Rockmelt takes the hassle out of being social in a world where we are bombarded with social media. On the left edge you have your facebook connectivity and chat capability, on the right edge you have your feeds and apps (such as twitter). Any websites you frequent you can create an icon that will update as your day goes by and you can get an excerpted preview by selecting the icon and scan through the latest posts from that site - Simply going to a site without "really" going to it. I generally will get sucked into a site if I make the effort visit it in a traditional browser. Since I've been using Rockmelt and using favorited site icons I find myself simply scanning my favorite sites for interesting content and ignoring them if I don't think they'll be absolutely critical to view at that exact second. The facebook edge is pretty smooth, it allows you to chat with folks who are currently online and update your status. Rockmelt keeps its simple to update and for someone like me who isn't fond of filling out "What movie character are you" quizzes, Rockmelt makes the Facebook experience enjoyable. In order to get a download for Rockmelt you need to connect with them via Facebook and request an invite, I was thrown by this when I first heard about - but looking back it makes sense. Why do a launch on a website and hope tech blogs or twitter catch on when you can launch via Facebook and get millions to respond almost immediately. There has been some feedback from other reviews about Rockmelt needing more speed and less clutter. I would argue that the speed is genuinely decent compared to other browsers. Based on my Nasa level tests with Rockmelt, Safari and firefox I'll make the statement that Rockmelt holds its own against them; sometimes faster, mostly even, rarely slower. I believe as time goes on Rockmelt will fine tune itself (and become self aware ala skynet) and really be a powerhouse in this new genre of social browsing. What I'd like to see: • Ability to hide  edges similar to the dock of Mac OsX - I'd like to roll over the edge and see it appear. I know you can hide edges now, but I think a more fluid/dissolved hidden edge would be interesting. • Reply (all) multiple users in the twitter edge. • Tweet image using Twitter edge • Friendster integration.....It's coming back, I swear....(rip) In summary, for those looking to integrate a work and social life, Rockmelt is the browser you should be using. It's the perfect mix of a functional, cutting edge browser - combined with the ever changing social landscape. Check out Rockmelt some more, give it a try, I really think you won't be disappointed.

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