Cloud Computing: RockMelt Friends Facebook, Twitter to Rival Chrome, Firefox, IE
RockMelt Nov. 7 launched to limited beta its social Web browser that lets users connect to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. This connection lets users post status updates and share other bits of content right from the browser window. The idea is that users needn't go directly to Facebook and Twitter to share or even Google.com to search. Flock had a similar idea in 2007, but failed to catch on with the bulk of users even as Google Chrome carved out an 8.5 percent browser market share. RockMelt is actually a lot like Chrome in functionality, offering an incognito mode for private Web browsing. There is reason for this. RockMelt is built on top of Chromium, the open-source project that backs Chrome. Navigating amid the different social tools in RockMelt was a breeze, and this is where RockMelt is a cut above Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari Web browsers. Check out our initial RockMelt set-up and tour in this eWEEK slide show.