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Developer(s) Tim Howes, Eric Vishria
Development status Discontinued since 31 July 2013
Operating system Android, iOS, Windows
Type Social media web browser
License Proprietary software[1]

Rockmelt was a proprietary social media web browser developed by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria based on the Google Chromium 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.[2] As of April 2013, Rockmelt discontinued its desktop web browser, replacing it with a collaborative project bringing together social elements from various sources.[3]

Rockmelt was created by Rockmelt, Inc., located in Mountain View, California.[4] 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.[5]


  • November 7, 2010 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in private beta [6]
  • March 11, 2011 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in open beta [7]
  • April 19, 2011 - Rockmelt for iPhone launches [8]
  • October 11, 2012 - Rockmelt for iPad launches [9]
  • December 20, 2012 - a new Rockmelt for iPhone launches [10]
  • April 11, 2013 - Rockmelt for Web launches [11]
  • June 19, 2013 - Rockmelt for Android launches [12]
  • June 27, 2013 - Rockmelt for Windows launches [13]
  • August 2, 2013 - Rockmelt is acquired by Yahoo [14]


On December 13, 2010, Twitter included Rockmelt as the eighth most tweeted tech trend in 2010.[15]