Last May Microsoft launched “Socl” in beta and has released this week to the public for all to join
Originally debuting in May as a beta-version open only to select users, Socl is now open for everyone to try. The social network is designed to offer both search and social functions and has a look that resembles Pinterest much more than rival networks Facebook or Google Plus. Users will notice an emphasis on images and imaging sharing in the layout right away.
Signing up for the Socl site is simple, users only need a Facebook account or Microsoft account. Once using the network, they can share content including photos, videos and links with friends and other members. Socl has since evolved to be a service “where people connect over shared interests expressed through beautiful posts that take only seconds to create,” Microsoft said
“Socl — pronounced social — allows you to express and share your ideas through rich post collages comprised of images, links, captions and videos,” So.cl said in its About page. It said Socl is a research project from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs and began as an experiment in social search, targeting students for the purpose of learning.