RockMelt is fast, like Chrome (built using the open-source Chromium platform from Google), and looks similar in many ways. But it’s injected with awesome sauce, like social media rocket fuel for the attention deficit disorder crowd. Of course, as with all things tech, the interwebs are already glutted with elitist opinions being spouted with zealous contempt for those on the other side. RockMelt is building a base of enthusiastic new users whose main evidence for it’s sheer awesomeness is that they are using it… and loving it. On the other side are vocal critics who lambaste the new browser as nothing new… or a major step backwards.
I say, if you like it… good times. I don’t think it is revolutionary… it simply leans on FaceBook’s infrastructure and allows you to connect other media sites (ala Twitter, Picasa, Vimeo, Posterous, Tumblr, etc., etc…) right into your browsing experience. But it certainly seems like a logical and well designed method of “synthethizing” your on-line presence and connections while you browse.
NOTE: If you’re not that interested in social media, this browser won’t appeal to you. On the other hand, if you’re reading this right now, you most likely found it through my FaceBook, Twitter, or Tumblr connections… so you may be the target audience. You may also prefer to do one thing at a time. This browser is built for the ADD afflicted, the multi-taskers, and the relationally-wired web set. Like I said… I am LOVING it.
You can use RockMelt by invitation right now. I’ve got a handful of invites to distribute. If we are connected on FaceBook, leave a comment if you want to give it a shot, and I’ll hook you up!