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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Rockmelt - App Review



From the developer: "Rockmelt brings the best of the internet to you. When you open the app, you'll find an infinite, image-rich stream of great content - personalised exactly how you want it. You can login to customise your stream, react to the best stories, and share the latest and greatest with friends on your social networks".

This is a very fair summary of what Rockmelt is about.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
An excellent idea from the publisher is that you can 'explore as (a) Guest', without the need to fully sign-up.

The home screen provides, initially at least, some random news items. You can tap on any of these to show your appreciation (aww, hmm, like, lol, want, wtf), as well as forwarding (for which Rockmelt asks for access to your Twitter account). You can equally email, message, or Facebook any of these items. Should you log in, you will also be able to follow any of the articles.

Finding appropriate content is simple, either by going through a broad category, or searching for your specific topic of interest.

The App is very graphical and fast; a pleasant combination.

Cost
The App is absolutely free and there is no overt advertising. Publishers who sign up get some benefits, which include being more likely to get their pages under your nose.

Indispensability
Content is indispensable to 21st century life; how it is delivered is up to you.

Dependability
The App requires an Internet connection to grab content (obviously), but you can 'swipe right' to store a story to read later.

Security
You can share information through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+; the usual discretion is advised.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Nice presentation and speed but, plenty of competition too.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Rockmelt here and support for the App here.


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