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Microsoft's So.cl social networking experimental site is now live

So.cl is an experimental project targeted at students

Microsoft’s social networking site So.cl (http://www.so.cl) pronounced ‘social’ is now open to all users.

So.cl is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning.

  • So.cl combines social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages in the way students do when they work together.
  • So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling montages of visual web content.
  • To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos via "video parties."

We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools. We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives.

Microsoft have stated in the FAQ on the So.cl website that So.cl may use Bing for search data using the public API, but it is not a Bing product.

So.cl uses Facebook authentication but by default does not share content from So.cl with the users Facebook stream. Unless marked as private searches and other data can be viewed by all other So.cl users. Data that is public on So.cl will widely be available for use by other people and users.

The primary goal for So.cl is for public data to enable new types of research and experimentation.

More information can be found on the website’s FAQ found here : http://www.so.cl/about/faq