thumbnailCAWQCO3OThe internet is rife with social media websites and those that categorize themselves as such. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Those are the most common. Then there’s Tumblr, Instagram, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Path.

What’s wrong with every one of these? You have to bring your own friends, allow the site to cull information from your address book, or search for people you know. When you have something to say, only your friends or followers will see what you post. With Twitter, you can include an @someone to make your post visible to someone who isn’t following you, but only the recipient sees your post, not their followers. You can use hashtags to have your comments included in a trending topic, but again, the audience is limited to those who search on the hashtag.

What if you want to meet new people? What if you want to shout out to the world?

The geeks at Microsoft Fuse Labs have been building a social media website called (pronounced social). On socl, you can follow and be followed, but from the moment you click post on your first message to the world, other soclizers can see it, comment on it, like it, and riff on it.

Riffs are a cool little tool that allow you to comment on another post with a post of your own, linking back to the original to show the relationship between the two. is a very graphic website, with built-in tools that make it easy to post pictures, collages, blinks (animated GIFs), memes, and videos. You don’t have to have pictures or search and download then upload. There are built-in search tools in the post creator tools.

I’ve been using since July and have met many people from all around the world. The things I say and share are acknowledged, commented on, riffed on. If you want to meet new people, I encourage you to join the conversation at


  1. João Castelo says:

    Excellent article! And for all people who do not know the SO.CL, come and visit us and meet our world. Be social, be active, be inspired and inspire everyone

  2. oldpama1 says:

    Yes is a very good place to meet people. As a matter of fact, that’s where I learned about you and this blog which I have enjoyed reading very much.

  3. Adam Rifa says:

    Great article Nerdy woman, and very cool “Socl share” button 🙂

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