January 2, 2011 Recap: RockMelt Web Browser
It has been over a month since my initial review of the RockMelt browser and promised a recap, so here it is:
To be honest, a week after my first impressions, I ditched it. Simply because I felt like I was using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It was laggy (for me at least), clouted and distracting. I did have a lot of Facebook activity and RSS feeds from 10 different websites which would update on a constant basis. So for the student’s perspective, the consequences were noticeable.
As I would do research for course papers, I would constantly get distracted with updates. Granted it is up to the individual to have self control, but it was if it was taunting me. As I would bore myself with the hours of monotonous research, I had the desire to constantly check on blogs and the latest tech and social media news. However I notice one important factor that determined my frequency of procrastination: “Out of sight, out of mind.” To address this, I simply saw myself using Google Chrome.
However, if I am working on social media, RockMelt brought the convenience of organizing updates, grabbing them instantly and made work easier.
If you are also a Facebook junkie, you like to keep the Facebook Page open. However, if you are chatting via the web page, it will become annoying when you get two notifications of a chat message and a separate window for the chat log.
For the future instalments of RockMelt versions: I would like to make a few recommendations:
- A “hide all” button to minimize all distractions
- Integration to other services
- Optimization of bandwidth
- Intelligent suggestions – Understand the web content and suggest to the user if they want to share pictures/text/videos