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RockMelt browser first impressions: Looks good

Ian Paul | Nov. 10, 2010
The RockMelt browser offers a perfect mix of social networking links and easy access to news headlines

Unobtrusive alerts

What I really like about RockMelt is that its alert system doesn't get it my face. Whenever a news story pops up on one of my sites, or something gets added to my Facebook News Feed, the unread count just increases silently. If you'd prefer to have your browser scream at you more often, you can activate pop-up notifications. By default, however, RockMelt updates quietly and waits for me to be ready to view new content, not the other way around.

RockMelt Needs More Customization

The browser is still in its early stages, but RockMelt is not as customizable as it should be. I would like, for example, the ability to turn off the unread alerts on the App Edge on a case-by-case basis. Personally, I like to see alerts from my favorite news sources, but I don't need to know about unread tweets or Facebook News Feed items. I still like the convenience of having quick links to Facebook and Twitter, but it would be even better if I could control the alert system.

Read-only Twitter client

The strange thing about RockMelt's built-in mini Twitter client is that you can't use it to send out a new tweet. The Twitter client pops up in a little window when you click on the Twitter icon. You can read, retweet and reply to messages inside the window, but if you want to send out a new status update you have to click on your personal icon in the upper left corner of the browser window. That's a little counter-intuitive, not to mention annoying. It would be much better if you could update your Twitter status from within RockMelt's Twitter client as well as using the default status update option.

Give Me More RockMelt

Right now, the Friend Edge is a Facebook-only zone. I would like to see RockMelt expand that functionality so that I could include people from other services such as Google Talk, AIM and MSN Messenger. Facebook is a nice start for the Friend Edge, but I certainly hope it's not the end.

 

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