RockMelt, the most anticipated social media Web browser, just hit Beta 2 and gives a glimpse of what’s to come. The point of this browser is to update the Web browser — which has remained largely the same since the advent of Netscape.
Similar to Flock, RockMelt is a free Web browser with social media features built into it. It’s unlike any other browser on the market. It adds Facebook updates along the left border of each window, while on the right, users can add any site they wish to get one-click updates.
For more info, check out this interview with its founders. It states: “Howes, along with RockMelt CEO and co-founder Eric Vishria, set out in 2008 with a vision of what a Web browser could be. They wanted something that works like today’s users work — something that would move browsers past conventions they’ve been stuck in since their emergence.”
There are a handful of really cool features added in the RockMelt Beta 2 release. First and foremost, it now has a built-in chat function. It places a chat bar along the bottom of each window, which allow users to both chat and get “subtle” notifications. Chat windows can also be pulled from the dock to act as separate windows.
“… while it was easy to talk with one person at a time, having multiple conversations was more difficult with all the separate chat windows. This was our most-requested feature so we decided to completely re-design the experience,” states RockMelt.
There is now a built-in View Later App that allows users to save Web pages for later viewing, similar to Instapaper.
RockMelt included this on the premise that “With features like autocomplete, most-visited sites on the new tab page, and search built into the address bar, many people no longer use bookmarks.”
They have also have a new Twitter App, including features like the ability to edit retweets, view messages, and search through Twitter.
The previous release of RockMelt did include a Twitter feature, but it wasn’t specialized. It functioned more as a Web page users could dock along the right border of a page and use to send Twitter updates.
That said, RockMelt is looking to be a powerful contender in the Web browser market. With the recent release of Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 — which both stayed within the borders of conventional Web use — it’s nice to see a Web browser making a solid effort at changing the way people use the Internet.
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