So far, RockMelt hasn’t done much to rock or melt my world. Since it is based on the Chrome browser, I could just have a regular Chrome window open like I do now and run an aggregator for my Facebook, Twitter, and other feeds. But then again, all that doesn’t fit nicely into a browser like RockMelt. Not that it really has to. Since many of my friends don’t use Facebook that often, there’s no need for me to see their faces on the side of a browser all the time even if I mark them as my favorites. Despite this, the feature I do like is the search function.
What’s great about the search is that instant results pop up on the side just as it would on the Google site itself. Clicking on the link will reveal the web site and keep the search window open. Clicking on the search bar (and possibly on the page or elsewhere – I haven’t tried) will close the search window. What a fabulous idea! Except now I don’t know if I like this better or Google’s new page preview function which would save me from having to click on an unwanted site in the first place. Anyway, perhaps the best part of this whole search function is that anyone who’s click happy about sharing information can do so with the “Share” button located between the address bar and the search bar. I may not be so big on the connect-me-to-Facebook idea but this “Share” button is worthy of a Like, especially if I’m on Twitter! Honestly, approximately zero to ten friends care about any links I post on Facebook.
I haven’t discovered it yet but I can’t tweet from RockMelt unless I share a link and I don’t like that. (And yes, I logged into Twitter with a real account and now, I’m not sure how to remove it from RockMelt). One more boo for you, RockMelt (actually, make it two boos until I figure out how to remove my Twitter account from the sidebar so it doesn’t rack up feeds).
Well, it’s been two minutes and I figured out how to remove my Twitter account from the feeds. All I had to do was click on the “Feed Suggestions” button and delete the account from the list. At this point, I think RockMelt could be a fantastic browser even without the Facebook connection. I have decided that I like the instant search, feeds sidebar, and the share button. They’re great functions that make the browser useful with social media. Other than that, not much has changed my mind enough to stop using Chrome. I could be just as productive without RockMelt.