RockMelt Beta 2 Features New Facebook Chat, Twitter App
RockMelt's beta 2 adds Chromium 10 support, as well as a feature to bookmark Web content for later, and a new Facebook Chat and Twitter app.RockMelt April 1 launched its second beta version, adding better Facebook Chat, a new and improved Twitter application and support for Google's speedier Chromium 10 open source browser technology. RockMelt is a social Web browser launched last November to lofty hype, thanks to its backing 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 -- in the "Friend Edge" after users log into RockMelt via their Facebook e-mail and password. The right side of RockMelt, the so-called "App Edge," includes buttons for accessing the Facebook News Feed, Facebook Profile, Twitter tweet stream and timeline.
RockMelt users are spending on average over six hours per day in the browser and are sharing content every two to three days. That includes Web pages they've shared via Facebook within RockMelt. The App Edge is proving particularly popular, too. Some 65 percent of users have added multiple Apps to their App Edge. Moreover, users are engaging with the apps in their App Edge more than 20 times per day. These are the sort of user engagement stats that justify a browser app like RockMelt, which is geared to prevent people from jumping from one application to the next. See RockMelt's beta 2 changes in screenshots here.