What is Microsoft So.cl?
So.cl is a research project developed by Microsoft mainly for learning purposes by exploring social search possibilities. So.cl is a combination of social networking and search which enables user to find and share webpages. It also helps you create post, and to encourage interaction and collaboration which provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos.
With this new application from Microsoft, it encourage users to continue using other social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked, and others alike, as well as Google and other search tools for communication purposes.
How does So.cl work?
So.cl search is powered by Bing for the display of search result contents. It allows users to work together at the same content – contents can either be webpages, images, videos, music, as they can view the same web content virtually. With this application, it definitely makes life more comfortable.
It also offers “VIDEO PARTY” feature – allows users to search, and quickly assemble a list of movies to view together with your friends. You can also watch videos created by other users or you can create your own video and share it with other users, and you can keep it private, anyway, you’ll decide the accessibility of the content. You can also chat with other So.cl users. You can also share your search with other users, and allows users to comment. The nice thing about So.cl is that it helps users find the topic of their interest with just a one click. Moreover, you can connect, and interact with users that have similar interest with you, thus, keeping the conversation at the same tract.
Why is there a need for one more Social Networking?
Well, for the sake of user’s preference, maybe, this is where So.cl fits in. users find new ways to keep in touch with friends via social networking. To think of it, it’s really not for the need, rather, it’s just a user preference on how to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances, and perhaps, find a new friend.
How is So.cl compared with other Social Networking such as Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook?
Though some features are basically similar as Google+, Twitter, Linked, and Facebook, it more likely to give users the best realistic experience. In short, its web content was improved.
But then again, as mentioned, everything depends on the users’ preference. Some may find it perfectly fitted for their needs and wants, while other find it just the same and there’s no point of using another social network technology that even complicate things more.
Though So.cl offers a lot of great features – some are derivations from other Social Network, and some are really fresh, it also presents some disadvantages. In So.cl, users can not upload photos as of the moment, but it was reported that in time, photo uploading option will be available.