According to my calendar of bizarre holidays, today is Air Day.

I have to say that I agree.

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This is probably the last Lockergnome blog on which you’d expect to read anything about Rockmelt but I have this aching need to be ignored, so I figured I’d have a go at it.

Yes, the universe has been crying out for a social browser.  Or perhaps not – the universe isn’t always clear on its intent.

But let’s think this one out for a moment, shall we?

A browser with all sorts of social integration?

Social networking has gotten a bad rap lately (well-deserved) for its complete lack of concern over privacy.  Worse than this, in my mind, have been the kool-aid drinkers who flock to social media and gladly fork over their privacy.

So we take our privacy-invasive networking and marry it to a web browser.  Wait – let’s use Chrome.  It’s by Google, and Google would never do anything bad, would they?   Bad news, kids.  Chrome, while fast, is also quite privacy-invasive.  In a cynical way, this is a match made in heaven.

One of my blog mantras is that if you’re going to use Chrome, use Iron instead.  It uses the same source but maintains your privacy.  It even uses Chrome plugins (but read their privacy policies before installing them).

“But Iron doesn’t have social networking integrated, like Chrome.”

Exactly.