Users looking to try the new Rockmelt browser, which has a social networking focus, are in luck as it came out of private beta testing this week in an open release. The project is based on Chromium - the open source browser code that is the foundation of Google's Chrome browser. Rockmelt counts the creator of the first web browser, Marc Andreessen, as a significant backer, which has added to its intrigue.
Rockmelt adds a listing of Facebook friends to a left-hand rail giving users the ability to interact with them directly from the browser rather than having to surf over to Facebook. A right hand rail contains custom apps along with a Twitter feed, RSS feed and access to Gmail.
Because Rockmelt and Chrome share code, their updates often occur with a similiar frequency.
Will Rockmelt become a trusted tool for users wanting to surf the web with their social media contacts close at hand? Time will tell, but all users now have free reign to give it a spin.