Microsoft's Socl social-networking research project now in public beta is available to all as on December 4 to test drive it.
"The way people were using Socl was different than we designed it," said Lili Cheng, General Manager of FuSE (Future Social Experiences) Labs. "Our idea is to democratize design and make beautiful posts."
Socl is still a research project with no public timetable as to when or if Microsoft will attempt to commercialize it in its entirety or piece parts. "As you may know, Socl began as an experiment in social search for students and learning. Over the past several months, we've watched Socl evolve into a place where people connect over shared interests expressed through beautiful post collages," Check wrote.
According, the Redmond based "devices and services" company, Socl is not an attempt to take on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler or Pinterest.
Here are a few changes you'll notice in the Beta:
- "Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it's less likely you'll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl.
- Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about.
- People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person's page. Everyone on Socl has an updated page where profile information, posts, interests, people and parties can be viewed together in one place. Check out your "me page" today, or if you're new to Socl, sign in and we'll create a page for you.
- Parties. Create a playlist and watch videos with others in Socl, and chat together as you watch," informs Cheng.
To try out the new update, at http://beta.so.cl and authenticate with either a Facebook or Microsoft ID.