- Is RockMelt the right web browser for social media enthusiasts?
- Using RockMelt with HootSuite and Feed.ly
- 8 ways to make RockMelt an even better social web browser
My initial tour of RockMelt turned up lots of great features, and while it can’t replace HootSuite and Feedly in my current workflow, it’s fantastic for day-to-day browsing and sharing. It’s awesome to dip into the latest New York Times stories, or most popular delicious links, simply by clicking on my sidebar. (Finally, a cure for the way the Internet encourages us to focus deeply on a single piece of content at a time, to the exclusion of everything else!) And I love how incredibly easy it is to share something I’m looking at with either Facebook or Twitter. For all my bookmarklet installing and browser extensions, I’ve never found sharing sites and blog posts to be so effortless.
Which is why I’d love to see RockMelt evolve in ways that make it even more useful. Some suggestions:
- Let me choose which network gets the position of privilege in the left-hand edge. I would much rather populate that edge with tweeps, rather than Facebook friends. (Hotter still: let me set rules so that I see my tweeps from 9-5 and my Facebook pals from 5-9!)
- Keep track of how I get to the pages I want to share. It would be HOT if RockMelt could remember that I read and tweeted this post of Twitter tips because I clicked on a link that Eric Andersen tweeted; when I follow that link, read the post, and click “share” in RockMelt, I want RockMelt to not only prepopulate the post title and short link, but to add a “via @eric_andersen” to the end of my tweet.
- Populate my left-hand edge from a Facebook list or Twitter list. I’ve spent a lot of time curating different lists of friends on different social networks, and as I discussed in this interview with Google’s Joseph Smarr, it drives me crazy when I can’t port these lists from network to network. I don’t want to make a new list of favorite pals for my RockMelt left edge; I want it to pre-populate with my Twitter “love” list or my Facebook “kid-sharing friends” list.
- Let me set the feeds for my social networks to focus on specific lists. The icons that appear in the right edge let me see the latest tweets or Facebook news items; in the pop-up for Facebook news items, I can filter by list so I only see the news updates from the people in my “NYC” list or my “kid friends Vancouver” list. But as soon as the pop-up closes, it forgets my filtering; I’d like that to remain sticky. I’d also like to do the same filtering by Twitter list, and to have the option of creating multiple icons for single social networks so that (for example) I can have a pop-up for my main Twitter feed and another for my “love” list.
- Let me schedule tweets. In my best-case scenario, HootSuite would offer an API that RockMelt could use to offer schedule tweets; or RockMelt would integrate the HootSuite “post to” interface as the thing you see when you click “share”. (That would not only give the user the option of scheduling tweets, but let you choose which account to tweet/update from.) Plan B: develop a scheduling option native to RockMelt, and make it rock-solid reliable even if my updates are scheduled to go out when my browser is closed.
- Bounty key browser extensions. Of the various must-have extensions that I tried to install, only Evernote’s web clipper worked flawlessly. Feed.ly and HootSuite’s Chrome extensions didn’t function (why? I’d love to know) and there doesn’t seem to be an option for installing 1 Password to RockMelt.
- Google Reader/iGoogle integration. It’s one thing to add a few feeds in the right-hand edge; it’s another to replace (or complement) a full-featured news reader. In my case, Google Reader will remain my news tracking hub: I’d love the option to import any or all of of my Google Reader folders as a separate icon in the right-hand edge, where clicking that icon will bring up the latest news items from all feeds in that folder.
- Add delicious to the “share” options. Just like you never forget your first browser, you never forget your first social web app. Delicious was my first social media love, and even though I can use my “post to delicious” bookmarklet to save bookmarks in RockMelt, the option of using that shiny “share” button to post to delicious would be a massive value add…especially if I could tweet & delicious in one go, and dispense with the vagaries of delicious-twitter integration.
The real question is whether I’ll make RockMelt my default browser in the absence of the above features. I’m inclined to give it a whirl, because it seems pretty clear that RockMelt will continue to grow. That’s the signal I got from the quick feedback I got on my tweet today. And if I’m responding with an awfully long wish list…well, apparently they’ve got a big team ready to deliver:
Alex – thanks for putting together this little series. I haven’t jumped off the deep end yet with it, but look forward to seeing what it has to offer. I love right away its build off of chromium since I’m a huge chrome user.
Look forward to hearing your comments as you get more involved!
I´ve managed to install 1password just fine. What´s weird is that is shows up along the right side along with my RSS-feeds instead of as a proper icon at the top. That hardly matters though since I get an error message whenever I try to use the extension to log in somewhere….
Link to install: http://help.agile.ws/1Password3/google_chrome_support.html
Definitly we need Google Reader/iGoogle integration. please!!!!
Hi Alex, great suggestions, I have to say, for a version 1, Rockmelt ROCKS!! It’s been a long and windy road but we are nearly there with Degree – will touch base with you soon on it. SB (Castlebar)
yes, the ability to manage and use your “friends” lists from fb or other sites would be a great addition. right now, i can use those that i’ve stared as a “favorite” or can look at anyone online. but if i select to see my favorites, the ones online don’t automatically sort to the top of the list… so of no use at all.
i also haven’t been able to locate a user forum where issues and suggestions are discussed. did i miss it?
Your blog is to well positioned in Google 😉 I was looking for delicious widgets for Rockmelt and your article was one of the first results. Nevertheless it’s a great blog and actually I am glad that I came by 😉
Greetings from Poland
Have you had any luck w/GoogleReader yet? I instantly fell in love with RocketMelt (over Flock) for the sidebars alone, despite the lack of serious current user customization.
Hello guys, I’ve been using rockmelt because of its easy functionality allowing me to see facebook and twitter, but do you guys know if there is any options of rockmelt having to be able to choose to jrun or save a certain object, because sometimes i would just want to run items instead of having them saved in my comp every single time i view them. 🙂
Hey there, I have been using rockmelt for a while now and something I came to notice that I use to be able to do on google chrome was the ability of group chats. if you were able to add that to this web browser it would make it better.