With the internet going banana’s over Facebook’s IPO news, Mark Zuckerberg’s marriage, and Pakistan blocking then unblocking Twitter, Microsoft was for once under the radar this weekend when they launched their social network So.Cl.
“So.cl (pronounced ‘social’) combines search and social networking for the purpose of learning and is the latest experiment from FUSE Labs,”
-Microsoft ‘s description of the service
So.Cl, which has been in beta testing since December of 2011, is a combined social network and search network, and they encourage members to share links among each other.
The site is like Pinterest, where they have a board that they can fill with Bing searches. The design, however, is more reminiscent of Google+.
Members can share “rich posts” that hold images and links, as well as host “video parties” where they look at YouTube videos together.
So.Cl was created to help students with academic research, where they could share links with their followers. It was tested on college students in Washington, New York, and Syracuse in the beta testing, but it is now open to everyone. People can sign up through their Facebook or Windows Live accounts.
Just remember, though – So.Cl posts up your search requests to a news feed. So remember to keep your searches PG13. 😛