Rockmelt was a proprietary social mediaweb browser developed by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria based on the GoogleChromium project, incorporating social media features such as Facebook chat, Twitter notifications and widgetised areas for other content providers such as YouTube and local newspapers. The Rockmelt web browser project was backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. As of April 2013, Rockmelt discontinued its desktop web browser, replacing it with a collaborative project bringing together social elements from various sources.
Rockmelt was created by Rockmelt, Inc., located in Mountain View, California. The final version, 2.2.0, was released on February 9, 2013.
On August 2, 2013, Yahoo! acquired Rockmelt. Rockmelt apps and the website were shut down after August 31, 2013. Yahoo! plans to integrate Rockmelt’s technology throughout various products.
November 7, 2010 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in private beta
March 11, 2011 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in open beta