Today, I downloaded the new RockMelt browser, which is supposed to be built with social networking in mind. Here are some quick thoughts:
- It looks like a tricked out version of Google Chrome (maybe it uses the same development kit).
- If you are on Facebook or Twitter a lot, then this browser makes it much easier to get to the latest updates (via sidebars). In Chrome and Firefox, I use constellations of add-ons/extensions, bookmarklets, and links in the bookmarks bar to get to sites/services quickly and to act on sites/documents easily (share them, bookmark them, reformat them for easier reading, etc.) I’m not so sure that RockMelt offers much more that is truly useful, as I’m not on Twitter or Facebook nearly as much as FriendFeed.
I have three invites for the browser download (it’s in beta, I guess). If you’d like one, send me a DM in Twitter or comment here.
I rely on bookmarklets in my browser to handle some everyday tasks. These are the bookmarklets I use the most:
Scrapes out distracting elements of a page to improve readability of text.This works wonders on blog posts that you may be reading outside of your feed reader.
Mark something as “to read later” and add it to a list. You can download items from the list to your Kindle, etc., if you’re so inclined.
Selectively remove elements from a web page to make it easier to print out and use less paper.
Rather than crowd up my browser toolbar with a string of bookmarklets, I used the tool featured in this Lifehacker post to combine them into a single window. I’ve got this bookmarklet combiner in my Firefox and Google Chrome toolbars. Very handy.
Thanks to Jessamyn West for alerting me to this interesting video from Google showing folks confused over the difference between a browser and a search engine.