CNET Editors' review
Integrating Facebook into other applications has been the focus of developers in recent years. RockMelt for Mac attempts to combine a Web browser with Facebook, but privacy concerns and poor functionality make this a problematic application.
Available as freeware, the program downloads quickly. Installation is another story, however. Initially, you are prompted to enter Facebook log-in information before the program begins. Once it's entered, the next setup dialog box presents troublesome privacy concerns. Essentially, RockMelt for Mac seeks authorization to control almost all of the user's Facebook features and permissions. This lack of user control is concerning for those with any interest in privacy. In addition, the program asks for all of your personal Facebook information, which can be detailed. The menu appears to allow these to be declined, but when attempted, the menu simply reloads and repeats infinitely. A forced program close did not work and the only way to move past the menu was to authorize the permissions or force a shutdown of the whole computer system. After restarting, testing the browser without signing in to Facebook was disappointing. Without the Facebook integration, the browser has no additional features over other, more-polished browsers.
While the Facebook integration of RockMelt for Mac sounds helpful, the privacy concerns and a problematic setup mean you should look elsewhere for a third-party Internet browser.
RockMelt isn't your grandpa's browser. First, it's got built-in chat, sharing, and instant website. In addition to being built on Google's open source Chromium project, RockMelt also integrates Facebook and is powered by back-end cloud services to give you a browser that: 1) Lets you share, chat, publish updates, and stay in touch on Facebook - all from within the browser; 2) Alerts you of updates to your favorite websites automatically; 3) Searches and previews results faster; 4) Syncs your bookmarks, preferences, feeds, apps, favorite friends, and more across your computers automatically; 5) Supports Chrome extensions and add-ons.
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All versions:3.7 stars
out of 3 votes
Current version:4.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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Version: RockMelt 0.9.68.1535
The social integration is the only true "Pro"
I hate the fact that you have to have a Facebook account in order to utilize the social features of the browser. It's almost like putting a gun to your head. Either have a FB account or you can't use the social features. I'm very disappointed in that.
I made a dummy facebook account just to test the browser out for a couple weeks and I didn't hate it, but I will not continue to use it while they force you to sign in with facebook. It does work as a normal browser without the FB account, but you cannot use ANY of the social features that separates it from any other browser. The sad fact is, people are starting to step away from FB and look for alternatives. Alternatives which are now present in Google+, Diaspora, and a few other up and comers.
I can see hardcore FB users using this browser, but it alienates the rest rest of us sadly :( But hey if you like FB try it out it is worthy of your use at least....
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