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!


Socl is ready for Spring with a new look, new features

By socl-blog1 year ago - permalink

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It’s almost Spring here in the Pacific Northwest. To celebrate, FUSE Labs is rolling out a fresh Socl design featuring many new capabilities we think you’re going to love.

Here’s a summary of what’s inside the “Spring 2013 Collection”:

 - Simplified site navigation, including:

  • create a post button
  • discover (full site search and discovery)
  • pinned menu for quick access to notifications, messages, setting, parties and about
  • centered Socl logo to refresh the page
  • single click access to your profile
  • feed pivots between following and everyone

 - Collections and Interests merged into one concept

  • collections curated by everyone (formerly Interests)
  • collections curated by individuals, including private collections
  • collection descriptions
  • tags now done at the collection level rather than the post level and applied only by collection followers

- Better post creation, featuring:

  • drag and drop
  • resize
  • shuffle
  • share to other social networks

- Personal opportunity cards to help build your following feed

- Private messages

- In line editing of profile information

- Enhanced discovery, search and presentation of related content

- Enhanced first time user experience

Many of the ideas in the new design have come directly from you. Thank you so much for your continued support.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the new Socl. Happy making!

Socl Spring 2013 Release FAQ

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For the Socl faithful, we thought we’d create a brief Q and A regarding the Spring 2013 release.

What happened to Interests?

Socl Interests have been merged into Collections. Collections can now be curated by an group (formerly Interest) or an individual.

I can’t find a Collection for one of the Interests I followed - what happened?

It is possible that the Interest did not meet the activity level required to be merged into a Collection or was not in keeping with the Socl terms of service. If you feel an Interest is missing in error, please let us know via Socl Public Feedback and we’ll look into it.

How do I tag posts now?

Tagging of posts is now done at the collection level. All the posts in a collection now carry the same consistent tags, aiding our ability to surface related content in the other parts of Socl and reducing the chance of tag misuse.

What are some of the other new features in the Spring 2013 release of Socl?

For a summary of the Spring 2013 release, see our blog post announcing the update.

“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!

scs 2013

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

scs 2013

Lili Cheng on building tomorrow

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Following our post yesterday regarding Microsoft’s participation at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing I thought it would be interesting to profile a few of the Microsoft women attending the event.

First up is Lili Cheng who was the subject of a great profile in the Seattle Times last year. From that we learned that Lili started her career as an architect, has been likened to Tigger and is a consummate risk taker. Having known Lili personally for many years, I can attest to those last two.

Read the full article on the TechNet Blog!

Researchers: You are Invited to Play with the Research Dataset

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We are pleased to announce that FUSE Labs is now providing restricted access to our Dataset for researchers to explore questions around social search, interest networking, informal learning, and online community development. is an experimental website from FUSE Labs that lets people share their interests using search.  The dataset provides an anonymized snap shot of public activity within, including posts that have been shared and social activity around posts such as comments and likes.  By sharing our dataset for research purposes we actively seek to collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state of the art in social search and interest-based networking.

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Check out the exciting new Bing!

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The new Bing introduces a brand new information architecture with a three column design that focuses on bringing you information from the web to help you take action and interact with friends and experts without compromising the core search experience.

Read more…

Video from a recent talk at Sup’Internet

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Paul Steckler and David Raskino recently spoke at Sup’Internet, a web design and engineering school in Paris, about and Fuse Labs. The school put together a video with some highlights and an interview, enjoy!

Collaborative Learning and in Brussels

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Read about our very own Paul Steckler and David Raskino’s recent talk at the EU in Brussels on collaborative learning and 

FUSE Team interview: Will Portnoy, Developer

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By Richard Zaragoza

Name: Will Portnoy
Title: Principal Software Design Engineer
Years as a developer: 13
Years at Microsoft: 9

I can personally tell you that Will Portnoy is a great guy—among the best. If this interview ended with that sentence, it would be enough. I’ve worked with him for nearly two years, and we’ve become fast friends. In that time, I have concluded that he is like a maraschino cherry in the center of a cherry cordial, not bouncing around or locked in a wad of nougat, but rather floating blissfully in the midst of thick slow-moving syrup. He is like a sweet candy Buddha, even-keeled and a trusted rock in the storm. As if that isn’t enough, he’s also an excellent computer scientist and yes, a professionally trained dancer.

Growing up in the New York school system, access to computers came early for Will: “During class I would furiously finish my assignments; which might be why I am fast at things today, so I could get back to the computer labs. I’d spend the rest of my day there.”

Yet despite his intense interest in computer science, Will originally studied biomedical engineering at Duke with the intent of becoming a doctor. Fortunately for us, however, he was unable to shake his love of programming. So in his sophomore year, he added computer science as a second major. After years of study and writing a dissertation titled “Distributable Defect Localization Using Markov Models,” he was granted a Ph.D. He ended up being a doctor after all.

Facts, analysis, and reason are the syrupy goo Will floats in. He describes himself as a “quantitative, algorithmic kind of developer,” and because of a mathematical background, he consistently provides the team factual answers in a calm manner, like a long-tenured professor. He goes deep into details, and you always leave feeling good—you got your answer, plus help you didn’t realize you needed.


RZ: What do you do at FUSE?

WP: There seems to be several different perspectives of what I do, but I’m certainly perceived as “a backend guy.”

RZ: Tell me about your first forays into programming.

WP: I entered a contest in the second grade to print an American flag. It wasn’t that advanced—just printing text—but it was kind of cool to be programming back then. As a result, my parents soon got me an Apple IIc for Christmas. Later in high school I took introductory classes for programming but moved onto 3D graphics in Turbo Pascal once I finished my regular assignments. It was all DOS back then, but it was fun to write assembly code. [I will quietly add for your information only that there may have been the occasional virus that may or may not have filled the teachers screen with happy faces. Clever lad. - RZ]

RZ: Do you have any advice for getting into software development?

WP: You have to actually like it because there are times it is going to be frustrating, and there are people who like doing it even when it gets frustrating. Don’t decide to do programing because you think it makes a lot of money or is somewhat prestigious. You have to spend hours concentrating about the smallest little detail. However, there is always a more hybrid role. For example, FUSE has people who are more designer-types that can also program, and they use programming as a mechanism to illustrate their ideas.

RZ: Tell me about swing dancing. A little bird tells me there is some history there?

WP: [smiles] I took up dancing to meet girls. There were very few women in my computer science program, and so I took a swing dancing lesson. I met my wife and then promptly stopped swing dancing lessons. It worked, but she’s still upset with me, because she came to have fun and wasn’t simply trying to meet people. Earlier in college I was on a formation dance team for ballroom dance. For guys it’s not so hard, you’re just basically providing a rigid frame for the girls to flourish, but we went to New York for a competition and all that.

And once again, Will is supplying a rigid framework—one in which the FUSE team flourishes. Huzzah, Young Portnoy, you are indeed a great and intriguing man.