“Little has been known about stealth start-up RockMelt except that it’s a browser, specifically (and yet ambiguously) a “Facebook browser,” and it’s backed by browser godfather Marc Andreessen. Well, now RockMelt has crept out of the woodwork into a limited beta for Mac and Windows, and the world can get a peek at it.
RockMelt is indeed a “Facebook browser,” if only because Facebook is the social-media service that’s best integrated into it at launch. It’s clear that ultimately the browser’s team plans to make it more customizable with other services. The ultimate goal, you could say, is revamping the traditional browser many of the Web-browsing behaviors that have popped up in the past few years–social-media sharing, Twitter clients, RSS alerts, and speedier search–and works them into an interface that aims for convenience rather than confusion. While it may still have too many bells and whistles for the average Web user, it’s likely to attract some curiosity from hardcore social-media users, obsessive multitaskers, and efficiency geeks who see an opportunity to cut down on the number of browser tabs and desktop applications that they may have open.”