RockMelt's new social browser enters limited beta

By Jos · 21 replies
Nov 8, 2010
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  1. It’s been over a year since we first heard about RockMelt’s plan to enter the increasingly competitive browser market with an alternative that heavily focuses on social network integration – particularly Facebook. Although the idea is certainly not new (think Flock), the fact that browser pioneer Marc Andreessen of Netscape fame is backing it has helped RockMelt garner a lot of attention around the web as it launched in limited beta today.

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  2. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Honestly, between Firefox, Opera, and IE9, I have no desire to pick up another browser. I occasionally eyeball Chrome, but with all the add-ons I have for Firefox, I just cannot be bothered. I imagine someone out there is really biting at the bit to use this new software, but unless it offers something so fantastic that it blows every other browser away. Forget it. The average user is not going to even notice this, most likely. In a few months time we will be looking at them and asking ourselves "who are they?"

    NOW, that being said. I wish them the best of luck, they are brave to venture into the browser market...very, very brave...*shivers*
  3. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    I will give this a go when it opens up for all.
  4. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    It's Chrome with vertical social toolbars... I'm not so into social networking so I'll pass on this one...
  5. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    God! Please stop making useless stuff to accommodate users to use Face***k. We are ALL able to visit the website and that's ENOUGH. Personally, I really don't want to always see facebook stuff everywhere, its annoying!
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,150   +916

  7. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    It's useless. It's like bragging about making a facebook addon for a browser.
  8. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    This actually looks like it could take off. Something different is the only way you have a chance to break into the browser kings. Looks like you can do a lot of cool things. I reserve judgment till I give it a shot. If its as cool as the demo looks I'm sure facebookers all would love to use that as there new browser. Be scared Microsoft...B really scared :)
  9. I'm not into social networking so I'll take a pass on this one. I'd rather see a more secure browser before I see yet another browser with some cute addins.
  10. gLitCh32

    gLitCh32 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I also think we have enough browsers. I don't see the point to center a browser around facebook or twitter.
  11. njmarkham

    njmarkham TS Rookie

  12. DSparil

    DSparil TS Rookie Posts: 35

    wow.... Why am I not surprised. More useless features!

    This is definitely based on Chrome along with its useless extensions.

    It's odd that Chrome still doesn't have decent extensions aside from the mandatory Flashblock and Adblock. In the time that Chrome existed, Firefox already has a load of useful extensions.

    Christ! The Internet isn't only about Facebook (even though some think that it is).
  13. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Both laughable and pitiful at the same time.
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,673   +1,105

    Not my kind of browser. Fortunately for me i didn't catch the social network bug so i don't need a special browser just for that.
    But if you really think about it many people will probably use it. It's scary how addicted some get from using these kind of websites/services.
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91


  16. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    lol....ah hahaha. Well They lost me when I saw the Mac computer in the background. If it was'nt for the "apple" we would all still be in the garden of eden.
  17. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    This made me laugh hard :D

    Also this is just a neatly modded Chromium for Twitholics, no way it could be called a "brand new browser"
  18. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Web Browser made to cater to people who use Facebook? Pffft! I remember a browser that catered specifically to African American people who wanted to keep up with the times. <--Now THAT was ridiculous.
  19. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    An ADD person's nightmare, lol.
  20. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 131

    I couldn't care less, but my girlfriend will surely go crazy for this.
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Join the club!
  22. Looks kinda interesting... Probably going to at least give it a try, but with 64-bit Firefox coming out soon (finally) it'll have to be freakin' amazing to make me switch...

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