In an open source world, there are still several programs that charge you for their services: antiviruses, Microsoft Office, designer software, etc. But like I said, every day more and more there are free lance programmers releasing innovative ideas into the world with no repercussions to your wallet.
A vivid example, and perhaps the most common category, are internet browsers. Whether you are a PC or a Mac user, Internet Explorer or Safari are already included. But how many people actually use those options? Most of the users I know, at least have an alternate browser. Firefox, Netscape, Google Chrome or the most recent one: RockMelt.
I must confess, I have three installed browsers for my personal use and one for school regulations. But my favorite? It’s actually RockMelt. It’s a brand new release (I must thank my fellow digital marketer friend for that). You can check out their webpage and ask for an invitation (www.rockmelt.com). Oh yeah, by the way, at risk of repeating myself, you do need an invite. It seems as if it’s an exclusivity, but the benefits it brings actually deserve that privilege.
As a RockMelt user you have remote access to all your social media. On the left side of the window, you’ll find a column with all your Facebook contacts and can chat with them in larger windows (much better that those tiny illegible pop ups from the main Facebook page).
On the right part, a column with all your chosen feeds appears and keeps you constantly updated on what goes on there. Feel like sharing something? Just drag your favorite video or picture to the share line on top. Find a friend who is already using RockMelt, they might just hook you up. 🙂