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Microsoft’s “experiment in open search”, so.cl, is now open to anyone. Launched back in May amidst very little fanfare, so.cl (pronounced “social “) was initially offered only to students and billed as an experiment in learning. Redmond has recanted those restrictions, today telling world+dog they’re free to pile in and enjoy …

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Devil

Or just a crude way to bump up Bing? Presumable its searches use it?

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Huh

So a quick look strikes me that it's a more tiled version of pinterest. How exciting I'll have to investigate further or not.

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I have an account there

Have had since day one. I'm not a student, not sure why I got invited.

My impression six months ago was that it was confusing and weird and didn't work properly and I wasn't sure at all what the point of it was. I just loaded it up and it has done nothing to change my mind.

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So you need either a Facebook account or a Microsoft account?

I have neither and I do not intend to get either. Perhaps if they open it up further I might give it a go.

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so.cl (pronounced “social “)

Sorry but I insist on pronouncing it "sockle" and no amount of embarrassing PR by Microsoft will change that!

A bit like how I overhead two blokes in a shop the other week - one said to other "I don't use Google, I use Bing!" I nearly pissed myself, just the way he said it so enthusiastically, like he was in TV advert for Microsoft or something! It's not cool to admit things like that in public dude!

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Re: so.cl (pronounced “social “)

na, as it's a chilean domain it's pronounced so punto say elay

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@LinkOfHyrule

Bloody right mate. If a PR drone invents a word and by default we need to have it "explained" how clever s/he's been, then it's not actually clever after all and I'll pronounce it as I see fit!

I too will stick with my first impression and continue to call it "sockle". Better yet, I might just ignore it completely.

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Shame the Cl cannot be removed and put in the gene pool, using Bing - what a numpty.

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I keep seeing it as SoCal.

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Just as we have facefail - now there is sofail

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*Theme music from Trainspotting plays*

sofail, SoCal, so Graham Norton, so-so, sow seeds, sew badges on to your boxer shorts that say "I LUV WINDOWS ME", so get a big fucking television, so-fas half price at DFS, so what, dont use so.cl instead GET A LIFE!

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Let's fill it full of stuff that's banned in Chile then report it to the Chilean NIC.

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So.cl

Am I the only one who read that as 'so called'? "Microsoft's so called network" stil sounds more reasonable.

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Socialism!

Funny how *socialism* is a bad bad word in the US but *social* is just hunky dory.

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Re: Socialism!

BEHOLD the POWER of MARKETING!

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Re: Socialism!

Then we can kill off this nonsense by bumper stickers of the type:

"Social is just three letters from socialism!"

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Re: Socialism!

So if I get too excited over so.cl I'll turn it into j. socialism??

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yammer

Winner if any of it will make it's way over to yammer?

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It doesn't work...

My main gripe with so.cl when I first tried it was a huge amount of info pollution. Dunno if they fixed that in between, but it got me pretty annoyed.

I searched for some topic and all of a sudden people started tagging / adding totally unrelated stuff to those topics. And of course without any way for me, the 'owner' of said search, to do anything about it. Or so it seemed.

It was very confusing, and I didn't quite enjoy the ride. One thing was fun though; a quick chat with someone else about a certain programming topic. But alas; that's not why I'd use a "social restricted search machine".

I do wonder; if its now "open" then why can't anyone simply start a search without logging in ? You know; to see what this is all about.

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WTF?

and the point is......

I consider myself to be of average to above average intelligence, and I can't make head of tail of what it's supposed to do/be/for...

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So does everyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

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Re: So does everyone.

At least half of them are right,

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So your point is, that the fact I can't work out what it's for, implies that I'm actually dumb and therefore are grossly overestimating my abilities...

Interesting point of view - perchance you don't work in PR/marketing do you??

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rich social media etc

all sounds very trendy.

Is there a website that makes shitty people fun to be around? I doubt it...

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Just what we need - another social network!

I just went to so.cl and I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at. It looks like a schizophrenic kleptomaniac's scrapbook.

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And the world (meaning: me)...

... Met this with a mighty yawn. Also:

- It seems at times the site goes down. I've been getting timeouts every now and again.

- The pics on the entry page... is it me or does it look like tumblr?

- I'm going to pronounce it "soakle", if I ever have to.

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Queue the jokes ...

We've already had "so called".

I came up with "so.what?" - any others?

And the browser tab title looks a lot like "Sod", cos the c and the l are so close togther.

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Re: Queue the jokes ...

Upvote - because it does

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if you have to tell people how it is pronounced...

...you did something wrong.

Take facebooks approach and don't explain to anyone why the site is called facebook. apparently if your american you'll understand why, that's all I know.

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I went there...

... now can anyone tell me what the f***in' point of it is?

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I get it now...

...it's a basket to catch all the tumbleweeds overflowing out of google+ ;)

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Is it

Is it what live.com used to try to be? Zzzzz

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That took long...

So I visited the site, to be presented with someone's random photo album of women wearing very little.

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I must be getting old.

I opened that and it was just a confusing mass of visual noise. Whatever happened to clean, easy to navigate, simple webdesign?

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But where do I get a cool t-shirt??

My fav bit from the about page: http://www.so.cl/about

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How do I get the cool Socl t-shirt I see in many of your profile pictures?

Socl t-shirts are available for purchase here.

http://www.zazzle.com/soclfuselabs

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Did anyone really ask that??

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Re: But where do I get a cool t-shirt??

I think you can buy them from tw.at (pronounced twait)

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What is it about?

I see no posts with any real meat, just lots of "look at my blog!" crap and heaps of flashing pictures (some NSFW). I guess the flashing pictures and squares ties in with the Win8 tiles.

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Presenting (uninteresting) content

The problem with this - and many other sites like it - is that they just aggregate and then present boring content uploaded by boring people.

These sites don't particularly "do" anything. What would be novel is if someone could come up with some smart algorithms for filtering out rubbish automatically - without manual moderation - and then give the best search results to users based on their search. I'm yet to see a site which does this properly.

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