After a long period of closed beta testing, Microsoft made the beta version of its social network, Socl, available to everyone on Tuesday.
Socl initially launched this May. It's a search-meets-social networking website that looks more like Pinterest than Facebook, and has until now been open only to invited Microsoft employees and college students.
Now, everyone with a Microsoft or Facebook account can access it. The sign-up process is effortless – users simply connect their account with Socl. They can then start sharing content (e.g. photos, videos, links), and comment on other members' posts.
But, do we need another social network? My hands are already full with Facebook, Twitter and Google+. And that's neglecting Pinterest.
At this point, Socl is a solid time-waster. As more people join, the site should become more usable, but the question is: With all the social networks and content-sharing sites around, will Socl ever reach critical mass?