Keeping it simple, with Xim

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[Written by Colleen Estrada] Some of us at Fuse Labs have had the great pleasure of working on Xim for about the past year or so. Today, we’re pleased to say the app is available for the US in the Windows Phone and Android mobile app stores (and coming soon to iPhone). Visit www.getxim.com to get the app today.

Xim began as a hackathon project with a fairly simple premise – how can we make better use of all these screens we have around us? Wouldn’t it be great if I could show what I have on this device on that other device over there, easily and without jumping through a bunch of hoops or buying a piece of hardware?

The project evolved (through tech explorations, usability studies, user model iterations, and lots of hard and fun collaborative work) to become Xim, a mobile app that allows you to share your photos with friends without having to pass your phone around.

It sounds simple. Hey, it is simple. We like simple. Share your photos, not your phone! 

Xim uses the cloud to synchronize device displays and manage permissions based on invitations sent to people via your phone’s contact list, phone number or email. Only one person needs to have the app to get started. That person picks photos from their camera roll or favorite service, then picks people and starts the Xim.

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Invitations are sent via text or email (or by notification for those with the Xim app). All participant screens in the Xim swipe, pan and zoom together, for a unique, fun, synchronous experience that is simply a better way to have conversations about photos “in the moment.”

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And, while Xim is great for face to face interaction or phone conversations, simple messages can also be exchanged for those times when voice isn’t an option.

Cloud-based, Xims are not permanent – all the content expires after a little while so neither you nor your friends are burdened with storage or management overhead – just sit back and enjoy the show.

We’d love for you to give the app a try and let us know what you think.

Want to learn more? Watch the introductory video.

 Happy Ximming!

Updates to Socl

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Today the team is refreshing Socl with some much asked for capabilities.

  • Even faster post creation. Now Socl provides an inline post creator ideally suited for fast creation of text, link or single image posts. All of Socl’s existing capabilities are just a click away.
  • Streamlined navigation. Easily dive in to the content types you prefer to discuss or create using the Socl ‘app’ picker in the main navigation bar, or hang out in the main feed to participate in all the action.
  • Directed posts. In addition to public posts, Socl now also allows you to make posts visible only to you or to people you choose.
  • Collect while creating. Now you can collect your post while creating it, and creating new collection is easier than ever before.
  • More inline video support. Now in addition to YouTube, most of your favorite video services - such as Vimeo, Instagram, Vine and more will play inline in the Socl feed. Give it a try! www.so.cl

Happy Making!

The Socl Team and Microsoft Research Fuse Labs

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Socl, where creativity meets.

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A new day, a new Socl!

Socl now offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks.

Watch the video here

Create Experiences

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Picotale

Part “meme-generator,” part game, Picotales are little stories made by overlaying text on an image.

BLINK

Currently available for Windows devices, BLINK apps provide ways to capture, create and share short dynamic media using Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.

Collage - now with upload!

Collage, Socl’s “go to” create experience now includes image upload…collages are comprised of images, links and videos found on the web or uploaded to Socl.

Video Party

Video Parties are shared video experiences on Socl - great for crafting a quick playlist to share with friends.


In addition to the create experiences, we’ve greatly enhanced Socl for mobile devices, with a responsive design that optimizes for your device. Now you can take Socl anywhere. 

Visit the Socl About page to learn more…

We look forward to seeing what you create today!

Happy making!

 

Kati London of FUSE: Playful and Surprising

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Introducing Collection Moderators, “Us” Collections

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We’re pleased to announce that you can become the moderator of your favorite collections and collect with your friends - Socl collections are sure to be even better than ever!

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Collection Moderators

Now, every collection has at least one moderator who comes from the Socl community. Moderators have the ability to edit the title, description and tags of a collection. Moderators may also remove inappropriate or off topic posts from a collection at their discretion.

You can become a collection moderator in a variety of ways. If you create a “Me” Collection, you are the moderator. You can also invite moderators to join you in contributing to the collection (those invited will receive a notification that they’ve been invited to moderate which they can choose to accept or decline), essentially creating an “Us” Collection.

In the case of “Everyone” Collections, the original creator is designated moderator, but from that point on moderator designation is based on active participation in the collection. Active participants in a collection can eventually replace original moderators based on participation in and contribution to the quality of that collection.

“Us” Collections

With the addition of Collection Moderators, we are now offering a third type of Collection – “Us” Collections. Now you can invite others to moderate a collection with you; you can also decide if you would like that collection to be visible to everyone or only your co-contributors.

As always, please let us know what you think and happy making!

Socl Shares the Love

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Today we made it even easier to share the Socl love… Now you can easily share any Socl post to more of your favorite social networks, such as Pinterest and Tumblr.

Simply click “share” at the base of a post you’d like to share… Below and left is a lovely post made by our own Cheri Walters. I used the new share feature to include this post in my Tumblr blog (top right) and on my “Love Love Love” Pinterest Board (bottom left).

Happy Making!

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New Kodu Version!

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For those of you that don’t know, FUSE Labs is also the home of Kodu Game Lab.  Kodu is a complete 3D game development environment designed to let kids create their own 3D games.  Kodu is built around a custom visual programming language that makes it easy for everyone to learn how to program.

The new version of Kodu includes lots of new features, here’s the highlights:

  • Touch is now supported as an input method.  You can also build games that use touch to control your characters.
  • We have a bunch of new characters all focused on making water games.  Heading the list is Octo.  Like a real octopus he can squirt ink and camouflage himself.
  • Programmable control for some of the world settings:  you can now change the sky color and lighting effects via programming.  The transitions can either be instant or you can have them happen over time.  Whatever works best for your game.
  • Programmable control of some character settings:  you can change a character’s size or max speed on the fly now.  Like the world settings you can control how quickly this change happens.


The focus on water characters isn’t by accident.  We’re also announcing the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge where the theme is exploring the relationships between water and people.  This is a chance for game developers ages 9 to 18 to compete in a world wide competition.  Oh, and the winners get some cash, too.

You can get the latest version of Kodu here: http://www.KoduGameLab.com

Find out all the details about the contest here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Mar13/03-19KoduChallengePR.aspx

“Off the Radar” - Social Computing Symposium 2013 Videos

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Last week we held our ninth annual Social Computing Symposium on the topic:  “Off the Radar.” Inspired by Clive Thompson’s closing talk from 2012, we focused on populations and topics we forget to discuss, often hiding in plain sight.  Our goal with the event is to bring together a small group of diverse people to help inspire and shed light on novel ideas and trends in the area of social.

& thanks to the stellar folks who made this all happen:  danah Boyd, Liz Lawley, Clay Shirky, Brady Forrest, Clive Thompson, Tom Coates, Anil Dash, Gabriella Coleman, John Borthwick, Baratunde Thurston, Tricia Wang and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Department.

We only wish we could include more people, so sharing out the recorded videos of many of the presentations. Here are all the talks, some really amazing ones- and the agenda below. Enjoy!

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Day 1:

Welcome, Intros & proposed Audience Choice Talks

Stories and insights from around the world, organized by Tricia Wang

People who *aren’t* using socially enabled tools, and why organized by Liz Lawley

Slightly Belated Opening Talk, by Clay Shirky

"Innovation in Unexpected Places", organized by Baratunde Thurston

Evening: Audience Choice Talks & PowerPoint Karaoke, organized by Brady Forrest 

Day 2:

"The Human Microphone: Amplification of Political Dissent", organized by Biella Coleman

“Food, Government, Surfing and Thrifting”, organized by Brady Forrest

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Introducing Socl Collections

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We’re excited to provide you with a new way to express yourself on Socl – Collections.

Collections are personally curated sets of posts. To create a collection, simply:

  1. click on ‘collect’ at the base of any post
  2. give the collection a name (or add the post to one of your existing collections)
  3. view your collections from your Me page

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You can create as many collections as you like, and of course you can follow collections created by others. You’re the curator! What will you collect today? We can’t wait to see…and as always, let us know what you think.

Good morning - It’s a big day for us!

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As you may know, Socl began as an experiment in social search for students and learning. Over the past several months, we’ve watched Socl evolve into a place where people connect over shared interests expressed through beautiful post collages.

We appreciate your continued feedback which is helping us to gain more insight every day and improve how we can all communicate, learn and share our everyday lives. We’ve been busy redesigning Socl to match how you’re using it, and starting today, we’d like you to give the new Socl a spin at www.so.cl and let us know what you think.

Here are a few changes you’ll notice right away…

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