RockMelt launches beta 3 of its Web browser with key integration and support from Facebook, one of the social networks it's built around.
Facebook June 14 finally gave the RockMelt social Web
browser the time of day, some seven months after it launched to provide users an
easy on ramp to the largest social network's services.
last November backed by Web browser
pioneer Marc Andreessen. RockMelt frames the browsing experience with people's
contacts from Facebook, tweet streams from Twitter and other Web content to
keep users from having to switch back and forth between those applications.
Facebook contacts appear along the left edge of the
browser window after users log into RockMelt via their Facebook e-mail and
password. The right side of RockMelt includes buttons for accessing the Facebook
News Feed, Facebook Profile, Twitter tweet stream and timeline.
RockMelt beta 3 lets users manage Facebook friend
requests, messages and notifications directly in the browser instead of solely on
Facebook.com. These tools, located in the top left corner of the browser just
as they are on Facebook, should be a key convenience point for the browser's
hundreds of thousands of users.
Users may also now confirm friend requests and compose
and reply to Facebook messages directly within RockMelt, and users will see notifications
when friends post on their Wall or comment on their posts.
Also, when users start a chat on Facebook.com, it will
open a RockMelt chat window. This could be a big deal for this popular RockMelt
feature, which 40 percent of the browser's users use each day.
"RockMelt's deep integration with Facebook makes it
easier for people to take their friends with them around the Web, creating more
personal and meaningful experiences wherever they go," said Ethan Beard,
director of platform partnerships for Facebook.
Other features include and expandable "friend
edge" on the left that will display users' full ist of friends with their
names and pictures. Users may also swap their friend edge and the "app
edge" on the right. Users may also now user their computer mouse to scroll
through friends in the friend edge.
RockMelt lists the full set of changes for beta 3 in this blog post
The new beta comes just two months after beta 2, which added
support for the Chromium 10
technology, a chat bar at the bottom of the browser window to help users track
multiple conversations at once, and new capabilities to search Twitter and view
@replies, lists and direct messages.
When eWEEK reviewed
RockMelt, we speculated
Facebook might be interested in acquiring
RockMelt. This new partnership
involving deep integration moves each company a few big steps closer along
opposite ends of this possible path.