The Internet is a pretty big place, so wouldn’t it be great to have a service that finds the best of the Internet for you? Yes, you could wade through the Internet, page by page, trying to find what interests you, but that might take a lifetime or two. Instead, check out Rockmelt, a service that scours the Internet to find the best websites, articles, photos, videos and other content for you.
What Is Rockmelt
Rockmelt is a customized curation service that finds content on the Internet for you and then displays it in a beautifully animated stream. This free website displays articles of interest to you in a pinboard format, making it easy for you to find quality content. Rockmelt finds articles from sources such as CNN, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Us Weekly, Forbes, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others, as well as content shared by your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
You can customize your content by category. Rockmelt lets you choose the topics that are most interesting to you to display in your Rockmelt stream. You can select from categories such as Lifestyle, News, Travel, Photography, Science, Funny, Parenthood, TV & Movies, Tech & Geek and others.
You can check out other categories from the Explore button in the top menu. Choose any of the topics to be shown posts only in that area of interest.
Want to get the scoop on the latest hot topic on the Internet? Click Popular which shows you what’s hot on Rockmelt. You’ll be “in the know” about fun articles, interesting news, developments in your field and cool photos.
Article snippets and photos are displayed in your stream and you can click on any post to see the full article. You can comment and share it with others using social media or with fellow Rockmelt users. You can also access each article on the web via a link at the bottom of the post.
Click on the down arrow to hide a tile from your stream or keep it to read later.
Your Opinion Counts
Rockmelt learns what you like and modifies your stream accordingly. You can vote on articles using six difference choices: like, lol, want, aww, wtf, hmm. When you vote on an article, your Rockmelt friends will see your vote. You can also choose to display articles according to how people voted.
Need a giggle for the day? Display only articles where people have voted “lol”.
A big part of the fun of discovering interesting content is sharing what you’ve found with others. Rockmelt makes sharing easy for you with a Share button for each article linking to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google Plus and email.
Connecting with Others
You can follow other Rockmelt users to see their favorite articles and how they voted. You can mention their @name in a comment to alert them about an article. Connect Rockmelt to your social media sites to find and follow friends who are using Rockmelt.
Rockmelt is so new that it’s still in Beta (test) mode and available by invitation only. Good news, though. Wonder of Tech readers can use this Rockmelt invitation link to sign up for an account. It’s free and available worldwide. You can also visit the Rockmelt website and enter coupon code: =fu0cxt to sign up.
Sign up for Rockmelt, link your social media accounts, choose five or more topics of interest and let Rockmelt find great articles for you!
In addition to having a website, Rockmelt also is available using its free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. An Android app is in the works.
Check out Rockmelt to bring you the best of the web, help you discover fun and interesting articles, and get the latest scoop.
Have you tried Rockmelt yet? What’s your favorite feature? Have you discovered any interesting content on Rockmelt? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Tech In Motion
Last night I attended a fascinating Meetup of the group Tech In Motion called The Stories of Women in Tech: Part One. The Meetup featured five women with careers in tech who explained how they got started in tech and shared their career paths with us. Speaking at the gathering were:
- Jessica Ivins @jessicaivins
- Elise Wei @Not_Pele
- Melissa Morris Ivone @OperationNICE
- Jumoke Dada @JumokeRED
- Sue Grinius-Hill @SueGriniusHill
If you’re into tech and in the Philadelphia area, make sure to check out the Tech In Motion Meetup group to find out about future events.