Microsoft’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.