RockMelt, which went into wide beta yesterday, builds social networking into the browser. Facebook friends are on the left edge. Mouse over or click their image to get their status and timeline. Facebook, Twitter and other feeds are on the right edge. Just one click gets you the latest posts. Click Share at the top to share what’s in your browser window.
RockMelt is built on the same open source foundation as Chrome. It is backed by luminaries like Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape. This is just the first version and it is extremely fast, seems quite stable, and is both intuitive and powerful. Further, this is a real browser too. Right now it’s focused on Facebook and secondarily on Twitter. I’m guessing that will change spectacularly as more functionality is added. However, even now, you can add other feeds to the right edge. A number on the feed icon tells you how many new items there are.
RockMelt is innovative and amazingly solid for a product just out of stealth mode. I’m seriously impressed.
TechCrunch reviewed it last night and had 500 free invites. I was lucky enough to grab one and now have three invites to give away. Let me know in the comments if you want one.
This may be a niche browser, but it fills a big niche indeed, social networking imbedded into the browser. Come to think of it, it may be a new paradigm, not just a niche. It also functions superbly as just a browser. And I can’t wait to see what they do next. RockMelt is a game changer.