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Rockmelt adds Facebook chat and real time Twitter to social browser

Updated beta release is designed to boost social interaction, virtually
Mon Apr 04 2011, 13:55

WEB BROWSER OUTFIT Rockmelt has applied an update to its namesake product beta and promised that its already social notworking friendly web browser is now faster and a lot more relevant.

Many of the Rockmelt improvements come from Google's Chromium 10 software, which the firm credited with turbo charging users' browsing experience.

The Rockmelt web browser is the work of Marc Andreessen, who created the Netscape software, and it requires that users are active Facebook, Twitter and Google users. Those people who are, and like to confine themselves to a semi-walled garden of pokes, likes and short form foppery, will now have a host of new features with which to while away their time.

Rockmelt has added more of the sort of features that should appeal to its users, including improved use of Facebook's chat feature, more Twitter tools, and a 'view later' function that lets users file away content and articles for later viewing.

The Rockmelt beta came out of invite-only status last month and is open to all users with social networking accounts, and we presume, time on their hands. Currently the firm estimates that its users spend about six hours a day in the browser.

"Our founding goal was to re-imagine the browser," said Eric Vishria, Rockmelt's co-founder and CEO. "We're seeing unparalleled user engagement and the new functionality we're rolling out will make it even easier and faster for users to consume and share content, and connect with friends."

The outfit has fixed a number of bugs in this release, including improved support for Chrome's themes, better syncing and use of RSS feeds, and a number of crash fixes.

It started rolling out the updated beta at the end of last week and most users are expected to receive the update within two weeks. µ



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