RockMelt is the newest browser in town; a browser which integrates the world of social networking in a fun, unique and attractive way. RockMelt is built on Chromium, the same underlying foundation on which Google’s ultra-fast Chrome is built on. And sensibly so, RockMelt is comparably fast.


The browser is attractive in a unique way.

When you first fire up RockMelt, you will be asked to login to Facebook ( obviously, there’s an option to remember your credentials ). After logging in, you’ll be taken to a landing page, in which are 4 shortcuts to: share websites and links; search via Google;  chat with your Facebook friends ( left ); and read updates and feeds from Twitter and other sites ( right ). You can import bookmarks from Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer; and strangely so, Mozilla Firefox isn’t included, which is instead replaced by Google Toolbar.

On the left, the icons of your online Facebook friends are displayed, with the option to switch to Favourite friend ( you can favourite friends by clicking their icon, and then the star button ). When you click on a friend’s icon, a mini chat window opens right inside the browser, from where you can make Wall Posts, and view that persons’s recent activity. Conveniently ( or inconveniently, if you like ) the chat windows show up as separate windows on the Windows taskbar. While chatting, clicking a small arrow facing downwards gives you the option to even insert the link of the webpage you are currently browsing; a nice addition, indeed.


Each Facebook Chat opens as a new window, which is convenient indeed.

On the right hand side of the browser window, clicking a small Facebook icon lets you view, like and comment on Facebook Status Updates; and similarly, clicking on the Twitter icon allows you to view, share, Reply and Retweet Twitter updates. You can even view feeds from other websites.

The first-time render speeds of webpages are good, almost on par with that Google’s Chrome. And the most basic features like the “Most Visited” and “View History” are, without a doubt, included. Even the “Incognito” feature as seen on Google Chrome, is present.

Currently, the browser is undergoing a closed trial period, but you might get an invite if you request for one at the RockMelt site. Overall, RockMelt is a very stable browser. We just maybe witnessing the birth of a new browser soon to steal some market share away from the other biggies such as Chrome and Firefox.