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Microsoft bids farewell to its failed social network experiment, So.cl

By Jos
Mar 8, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/03/2017-03-08-image-2.png" /></p> <p>Back in 2011 Microsoft Research&rsquo;s Fuse Labs <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/46700-microsoft-launches-socl-social-network-for-students.html">launched</a> a social network designed with students in mind. Dubbed So.cl (pronounced &ldquo;social&rdquo;), the site was initially made available to students at select universities, and then <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/48671-microsoft-invites-everyone-to-try-socl-social-network.html">publicly launched in 2012</a>. Well, the little-known experiment that was akin to content-sharing networks such as Tumblr or Pinterest failed to gain traction and is now closing down.</p> <p>The service launched back when tech giants were still trying to compete directly with Facebook, except So.cl was actually built &ldquo;on top of Facebook&rdquo; &mdash; users are asked to sign in using their Facebook account. Once in, users can post photos, text, videos, and create communities around educational goals.</p> <p>The service is scheduled to close on March 15. &quot;In supporting you, Socl&#39;s unique community of creators,&quot; <a href="http://blog.fuselabs.org/post/158073843056/socl-is-saying-farewell-as-of-march-15-2017">the announcement reads</a>, &quot;we have learned invaluable lessons in what it takes to establish and maintain community as well as introduce novel new ways to make, share and collect digital stuff we love.&quot;</p> <p>So there you go, this is your reminder that Microsoft had a social network, and it probably won&rsquo;t be missed.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68441-microsoft-bids-farewell-failed-social-network-experiment-socl.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68441-microsoft-bids-farewell-failed-social-network-experiment-socl.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/68441-microsoft-bids-farewell-failed-social-network-experiment-socl.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 507   +402

    Social what now? I didn't even know they had one... Not that I would of ever used it even if it had taken off.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2017
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,762   +3,182

    From the sound of it, THEY didn't know they had one ..... did they build it from scratch or just spend a few billion buying out somebody else's failure???
    bmw95 and mcborge like this.

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