You remember RockMelt, right? After the social browser launched two weeks ago, talk about it exploded — then seemed to die down just as quickly. But today brings an update that may get people interested again.
The service has just rolled out their first big update to their browser. Version 0.8.36.74 (sexy name) contains a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. It also updates the underlying Chromium browser to version 7 finally (for those keeping score at home, the Chromium open source project is already well into version 9). But the real keys here are the functionality improvements. Namely, the new RockMelt makes it even easier to be social.
With the first version (there have been small updates since the launch), to tweet or leave a Facebook status update, you had to click on your icon in the main toolbar. Even though Twitter and Facebook were a part of the Edges, you could only view updates from there. Now you can actually tweet and update your status from Edge apps themselves. That’s a nice update that should have been there in the first place.
You can also now right-click on any of your Facebook friends in the Edge to message them, write on their wall, etc.
Perhaps even better is the new Gmail Notifier App that RockMelt has built. Previously, you could add Gmail to your right Edge, but it seemed to be using RSS to see when you had new messages. In other words, it was slow. Their new app seems to update in realtime, to let you know when you have new mail.
With the update to Chromium 7, RockMelt does feel a bit snappier now. And the Twitter and Facebook updates seem to be rolling in more reliably. Overall, it’s good to see RockMelt moving quickly to address issues people are having.
But there are still some underlying problems with the product itself. It’s the right idea, but the execution still seems a bit off. And don’t try using it if you have more than 3,000 friends on Facebook, there’s a bug there that hasn’t been fixed yet, but they’re working on it. Remember, it’s still in beta.
You should be alerted to this new update automatically if you’re using RockMelt, or you can get it manually be clicking on the “About RockMelt” are in the menu. The product remains in closed beta testing, but they’ve also updated the invite system, so perhaps you’ll be able to track one down.
Here’s the full list of the changes listed in the latest version:
Rockmelt is a social web browser built off of Chromium and boasts deep integration with both Facebook and Twitter with its “Edges” which are filled with friends that are online and feeds that you follow complete with update badges. It also sports what some believe to be the next big search revolution. Unlike Google’s universal navigation field, RockMelt has a dedicated search field that shows complete search results as a drop down overtop web pages. This is helpful when switching...