Last week while I was vacationing in the Smoky Mountains, RockMelt started offering beta invites. I was afraid I missed my chance to snag an early invite, but my kind awesome friend and former coworker Kevin Sablan (@kasablan) set me up with a beta invite last night.
RockMelt is a new social-friendly browser that claims to allow users to more easily update, monitor and engage with their social networks and favorite RSS feeds, and to more easily share web content across their social networks.
The browser is built upon Chromium, so its performance is supposed to be similar to Chrome (it also resembles Chrome’s tabbed simple clean look). Kevin says the browser runs fast on his Mac, but is too slow on Windows XP. I’ve just downloaded it to one of my work PCs that run XP and will do the same on my MacBook tonight — which runs Snow Leopard and Windows 7 via Boot Camp.
I am still playing around with my browser configurations, so I’ll share more pictures of my setup tomorrow.
But, after an hour of testing, I have two criticisms:
- Inability to integrate with Facebook Pages: RockMelt doesn’t allow me to interact with the Facebook Pages I administer, only with my personal Facebook Profile.
- Inability to integrate bookmarks with Delicious: The Bookmarks Manger is strictly a cloud-based client application. Since RockMelt claims to be more “social” than other browsers, I should be able to add my Delicious account and manage that account from the native Bookmark Manager.
RockMelt looks like a good tool for individuals, but its inability to integrate with Facebook Pages and its inability to schedule future Tweets means that RockMelt, at this stage, won’t be much help to business and organizations.