I have been testing out the new RockMelt browser for a full day now, on Windows XP at work and on Windows 7 on my MacBook at home (I haven’t yet installed it on the Snow Leopard OS side).
So far, I really like it! As my friend Kevin (@ksablan) pointed out, RockMelt definitely runs slower on XP — I notice faster speed on Windows 7. But, I’ve been able to pretty much rely on RockMelt as my full-time browser at work today via XP.
Here’s my thoughts so far.
What I Don’t Like
- Inability to integrate with Facebook Pages: I explained this yesterday, and it is really the only serious issue I have with RockMelt so far, because managing my library’s Facebook Page is part of my daily job.
- Inability to update multiple social accounts: I can only update one Twitter or Facebook account at a time. I’d like to see it behave like CoTweet or TweetDeck, which allow me to post to multiple acounts with a single update.
- Inability to edit ReTweets: RockMelt appears to only support Twitter’s official form of ReTweeting. I am unable to append RTs with any sort of annotation.
- Add Feeds from Recent Sites cuts off the site title: When adding an RSS feed for sites recently visited, RockMelt cuts off the site titles instead of expanding the full title when hovering over it (see example below).
What I Really Like
- Supports Chrome extensions: So far, all of my favorite Chrome extensions work great in RockMelt. I rely on these heavily for increased productivity, so extensions are a deal breaker for me.
- Sidebar icons can be reordered: I’m an obsessive organizer (hey, I’m a librarian), so I love that RockMelt allows me to arrang my Facebook Friend Favorites and my Apps & Feeds icons in whatever order I want to display them in the respective sidebars.
- Supports new Twitter in-line content display: When I click on the feed for one of my Twitter accounts, RockMelt shows me any actual photos or videos Tweeted, and also displays the full URL instead of a shortened version when links are shared. I like this convenience.
- Displays full Twitter conversations: I love that RockMelt groups together a full thread of replies when I chat with another Twitter user.
- Preview and Follow Twitter profiles: When hovering over a new @name referenced by one of my Twitter buddies, RockMelt allows me to preview the account profile for that new person, and to even follow that new person.
- One-Click interaction with Facebook Friends: By just clicking on a Friend’s profile icon, RockMelt allows me to chat with them (if they’re online), post to their wall, and view all of their recent wall activity.
Chrome Extensions I Am Using
- Amazon Wish List
- Clip to Evernote
- Delicious Bookmarks Extension (Beta)
- Docs PDF/PowerPower Viewer (Google)
- Firebug Lite for Google Chrome
- Google Mail Checker
- Google Reader RSS Subscriber
- Google Voice
- IE Tab
- Web Developer