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Well, this is certainly the nail in Twitter's coffin – Microsoft's Socl has it's own Android app now. What? You've never heard of Socl? It's a social network based around sharing statuses, picture collages, and videos. There's also a strong Bing social search element. But seriously, it's not very popular.

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To use Socl, you need a Microsoft account or be willing to connect with Facebook. The app lets you access the Socl service, but you can also share content from Socl to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. The app has a Windows Phone vibe, but isn't really offensive in an Android context. It is pretty laggy on the Nexus 5, though

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This isn't actually a new service – Microsoft opened it up to public signups back in May of 2012. So if you need one more social network to keep up with, Microsoft has you covered. Maybe now that it has an Android app, Socl will take right off. Right?

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Sam

    I am sorry this is not related to the subject but I wish ( Khan Academy ) releases an official app to the play store.
    They already have official apps for iPhone/iPad/Windows Phone but nothing for Android

    • blahmoomoo

      Don't know what all the down votes are for, unless it's because you're off-topic, but here's something more useful:

      There's an unofficial app that looks pretty good. Maybe you should check it out.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pk.khanacademy

      • blahmoomoo

        Oops, pasted the pro link. Free link edited in.

  • BLACKALiCE

    >laggy app
    >2013
    >nexus 5
    mfw

    • Ygor Vaz

      This is part of an elaborated plan made by Microsoft to make Android's apps look bad and convice people to switch to windows phone

      • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

        But in reality it just makes Microsoft's apps look bad.

    • fonix232

      Ohai.

  • TechWings

    I signed up for the service back when it first came out, used it once, and never logged in again.

  • George Prosser

    What is Microsoft's brand new obsession with making all text entirely lower case? Do they think it looks informal and modern? It looks immature and it makes it harder to read.

    • tlingitsoldier

      Tell me about it. I tried the new TouchDevelop app, and before they updated it to work with Chrome Beta, this is the message or gave me:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/g8dh79ppalq3yiu/Screenshot_2013-12-09-15-41-08.png

      • George Prosser

        It just looks lazy to me. That's how people type when they're rushed or lazy. Why would Microsoft want their products to seem like that?

        • dan

          To try to make their NEW SHOUTING MENU BARS seem better, since nearly everyone derides them?

        • tlingitsoldier

          Agreed. It's one thing to have a certain style you want to use, but it looks sloppy when you ignore guidelines, and give everything such an inconsistent look.

          One thing I will say about using all lower case (at least in WP8) is that it helps to keep everything at a pretty even height. It doesn't create extra unused space above the lower case letters just to have one capital letter that is taller. However, that doesn't excuse ignoring the Android style guidelines.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    So I guess this is the Bing of social networks?

  • blahmoomoo

    >connect with Facebook
    Using a social network to log in to another social network. Sounds desperate.
    Wonder why Socl still exists if there's literally no marketing, unless there was, in which case it wasn't very effective. Also, it sounds like it doesn't bring anything new to the table.

    • Paul Taylor

      Steve Balmer probably still uses it.

  • John O’Connor

    I think I used the service for a whole 5 minutes, before relegating it to the back burner of maybe this will be interesting in the future. They do have much more of a chance of success if marketing it to the masses. Most people don't even know what it is.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    "Maybe now that it has an Android app, Socl will take right off. Right?"
    No....

  • miri

    Must be an Orkut-like situation where it flopped in the US but is way more popular elsewhere. And with all these apps Microsoft has been putting on Android, hopefully Google returns the favor soon.

  • Adrian

    Bugs and lags.

  • Matthew Fry

    I had no idea there was a social network that had less activity than Google+. *zing*

    • Zomby2D

      Considering the fact that G+ is currently the second largest social network, a lot of them have less activity

      • Paul Taylor

        Yeah only because people have to log in to G+ whether they're interested in it or not. If Microsoft were to turn Outlook.com and Skype accounts into Socl logins, they could pretty much achieve the same "result".

        • John O’Connor

          Active use and active users mean nothing to some people.

  • 16bitz0r

    Srsly?! Is there a room for another social network? it's just like having another OS for mobile devices. iOS and Android are more than enough. WP & ChromeOS FTL.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    And yet another stupid social network going to be shoved down our throat.

  • Chris

    Sad to see Microsoft making evolutionary products rather than innovative. Looks like they are running out of ideas...

  • Zak Taccardi

    look at Microsoft trying to be Google. So cute!

  • Vu Viet Anh

    Wow.

    so cl.

    very micr.

    much lag.

    many bug.

  • Gokh

    This servive is so old... a least 3 years

  • Slawootsky

    1. Launch a social network
    2. Do nothing and let it die
    3. Launch an app
    4. ???
    5. FAIL

    • Testraindrop

      I wont upvote this to keep the counter at 6 :D but I fully agree ;)

  • APai

    I thought socl was dead. why is there no buzz. looks like microsoft is happy with their cash cows office and windows. there's very little outside of it that makes money or they are seriously worried about (except xbox, which is pretty good there's windows phone division - but they are busy killing other companies)

  • Dan

    "Provides Easy Access To A Social Network You've Never Heard Of"

    STAHP!!! Make me crack up while I'm "working" and everyone wonders what's going on.

  • Jadephyre

    Why have they given it a name that sounds like someone was about to say/write "Social" but was hit by a stroke mid-word?

    • Kiryn Silverwing

      All I want to know is how to pronounce it. It looks like "soak-ul" and I just feel awkward saying that. I wonder how much that terrible name is contributing to its lack of popularity.

  • tekfr33kn

    My Space version 2

  • mgamerz

    1-5 downloads