RockMelt is a reportedly social media web browser creating by Tim Howe, Eric Vishria and backed by Netscape founder Marc Addressen, both of whom used to work at networking company Opsware. Opsware was founded by Netscape creator Marc Andreessen and sold to HP in 2007.
RockMelt Internet Browser is based on Chromium, so it inherits Google Chrome’s speed, looks, and basic functionality on Windows, Mac and Linux. It use the open-source web layout engine WebKit built by Apple, Google and the Open-source-Community. The Java Script engine replaced by Google’s own V8 with open –source.
It’s has an optional Facebook side bar on the left of the browser window for communicating with contacts. And allowing you to post links, videos and status updates to both Facebook and Twitter (that’s it for now, but more services will be added later).
There are also built-in clients for consuming your Facebook feed and managing multiple Twitter feeds, a chat client, and lightweight RSS reader. Users can communicate without having to open a new tab/window, or access Facebook and Twitter actual website.
RockMelt Internet Browser launched in private beta on November 8, 2010; in order to download it, users are required to connect their Facebook account to the website to receive an invitation email. It does use your Facebook account to personalize the experience, but its reach is broader than just Facebook.