Meet RockMelt, the new browser in town. It is made for sharing and it defies the norm of web browsers. It uses Facebook authentication and it is on the cloud, storing and synchronizing your setting, bookmarks, etc.
All these features are cool but I\’m not sold.
At first I wanted to try it but it is asking too much from my Facebook account. It asks for my name, profile picture, gender, network, userid, list of friends, and other information that I\’ve shared to everyone. It may also post status messages, notes, photos and videos to my Wall. Sounds too much for me. Clearly, this browser is for sharing but I don\’t want my browsing habits to be profiled. No thanks.
If you happen to use Rockmelt, the first you\’ll see is the landing page. It says: share easily, search faster, connect with friends, and keep up on news. Most power users already have a \”workflow\” on sharing, searching, socializing and keeping up with news. Whether it improves the whole experience is subjective. I\’ve tried the original social browser Flock and I always prefer to use another software to manage what I share online.
If Flock is to Firefox, then Rockmelt is to Chrome. Rockmelt is built on Chromium with added rails on the left and the right. On the left side are your favorite Facebook contacts. On the right are your bookmarks. Honestly I don\’t like it. It looks cluttered.
There are so many things going on. Updates and notification are pushed on the interface. If you don\’t know how to filter your media consumption, the experience won\’t be faster or easier, just noisier. There goes the saying, \”more is less\”.
Meltrock asks a lot of change to early adopters, Robert Scoble wrote. I agree.
As long as Meltrock does not allow non-Facebook login (i.e. Twitter), I\’ll probably not use it.