So.cl, an experimental research project from Microsoft, thatcombines social networking and search to promote learning, is nowaccepting all users interested in joining the site. The social networking site, pronounced “social,” is however notpositioned to replace existing full-featured search and socialnetworking tools, and uses a minimal set of features, Microsoftsaid on the So.cl website . The company expects students will continue to use current socialnetworks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and search toolssuch as Bing and Google. So.cl helps users find and share web pages of interest as studentsdo when they work together, Microsoft said. Slimming Beauty Machine
Besides providing sharing of media including real-time sharing ofvideos through “video parties”, So.cl also helps users create “richposts,” by assembling montages of visual web content. Launched as a partnership between the FUSE Labs in MicrosoftResearch and selected schools, including University of Washington,Syracuse University, and New York University, So.cl is stillpositioned as a research project that aims to learn more aboutsocial search. FUSE Labs’ So.cl project is shifting away from an invite-only modelto accept all users interested in joining the site, said aMicrosoft spokeswoman on Monday in an email. “So.cl is anexperimental research project focused on the future of socialexperiences and learning, especially among younger people,” sheadded. IPL Beauty Equipment Manufacturer
So.cl uses Bing for search data via the public API (applicationprogramming interface), but is not a Bing product, Microsoft saidin a FAQ on the So.cl website. It uses Facebook authentication, but by default does not post anycontent from So.cl into the user’s Facebook stream, Microsoft said.Unless marked as private, search results, and any other data postedto So.cl can be viewed by all other So.cl users. Data that waspublicly posted on So.cl will be broadly available for use by otherentities and individuals. Public data enables new types of research and experimentation, aprimary goal for So.cl, Microsoft said. E Light IPL Hair Removal
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