Microsoft’s Socl social network open to all

Microsoft’s Socl social network open to allMicrosoft’s social networking thingy, Socl (pronounced social), has been brewing away in the background for a year or so, with invite-only testers attempting to break the beta version.

Well, it’s still technically in beta at the mo, but Socl is now available for anyone to use, albeit with that beta disclaimer.

What the hell is Socl? I’ll hand you over to Microsoft for a concise explanation. Ready? Socl “allows you to express and share your ideas through rich post collages comprised of images, links, captions and videos.”

Or, to put it another way, Socl combines elements of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest…

From Socl’s homepage, you can choose to view All posts, Following, or Featured. Categories, or ‘Interests’, include everything from breakfast (mmm, bacon) to mathematics to jazz. There's a fairly ludicrous amount of content already.

Socl also introduces the concept of “riffing”, essentially visual responses to posts. Yeah, Socl is very, uhm, visual.

And that’s Socl in a nutshell. Death to Facebook, or dead in the water? Time will tell, I guess.

Fancy it? You can log in to Socl now, with a Microsoft or Facebook account. Just hit up beta.so.cl.

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5 comments

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 16:09

Awww bless em

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 16:25

Reminds me: any good MySpace apps for Palm OS?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 16:26

Sorry, I meant to say, "love the Bing integration"! Socl socool

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 16:30

Why does steampunk seem to have a star wars pic?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 20:12

Why does steampunk seem to have a star wars pic?
Cause it's mostly hot air aka steam? Cause it's Bing's image search? Cause cause cause...

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