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Introducing So.cl Riffs

By richzar2 years ago - permalink

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Riff n. A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.

Often we see a post in So.cl that grabs our attention and we want to add to it. More than just comment we want to give the concept our own spin or take the conversation to a new place. We want to add to the understanding and join the discussion in a richer way. We want to riff on it.

In music a riff begins as a short rhythm or melody but it is the improvisation on that phrase that tickles us and keeps our interest. Each distinct variation has a quality and message of its own but still adds its part to the greater conversation. We hope to bring a little of that to So.cl. We are excited to introduce a new way to interact and improvise with content. Today we released Riff. 

How it works

Very simply, there is a ‘Riff’ verb now on every post. Similar to “Comment” clicking “Riff” will assist you in responding to a post.

  1. Clicking “Riff” begins a new post , a response based on the old post.
  2. The original post will be annotated with a note linking to your new post so people can find the riff.
  3. Your new post is also attributed at the top with a link to the original post.


Above is an example of a Riff. Dan has created a post on Miles Davis describing him as his “favorite jazz man”. I have responded to Dan’s post with my own post on John Coltrane using the riff feature. Each links to the other so our post has context. Think of it as a conversation, riffing on a concept back and forth. New riffs can be added by anyone at any time.

A few additional things to mention, clicking on a link like “john Coltrane” seen in #2 will navigate you to a page with the “john Coltrane” post as well as a view of all other posts produced using Riff on that post. This included the “view all Riffs” link at the top. These pages give a clear view of the larger collection of posts within the conversation.

We will be continually updating this and other features so please give lots of feedback and tell us how you think it could be better. The site is an experiment and we are in it together. Let’s make it great! 

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