As if there aren’t enough social networks out there like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, etc, Microsoft has now opened up their “informational social network” Socl (www.so.cl) for everyone to join!

Some features include:

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.

What Is Socl?

Socl — pronounced social — allows you to express and share your ideas through rich post collages comprised of images, links, captions and videos.

Socl is a research project from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs and began as an experiment in social search targeted at students for the purpose of learning. Following the lead of the Socl community, Socl has since evolved to be a service where people connect over shared interests expressed through beautiful posts that take only seconds to create.

For some basic “getting started” information, you can go to their about page here.

You can find my profile at: http://www.so.cl/#/profile/Robert-Russell-2