Introducing Socl Collections

By fuse-blog1 year ago - permalink

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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




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!

By fuse-blog1 year ago - permalink

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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 and let us know what you think.

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

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A few improvements to tagging

By fuse-blog2 years ago - permalink

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Collections are an important part of the experience; aggregating content and users around topics of interests is a core concept. Today that concept is expressed in our tags feature and can be used to link posts to a larger context or segregate them for later examination. Tags are an element that can be utilized in a number of ways. While we have big plans for expanding the utility and meaning of tags, we also want to continue to streamline and improve what we have today.

With that said, we would like to announce a few improvements that we hope will simplify how tags are applied and consumed. There are two major improvements in this release: how you apply tags to posts and how you can search your own tags to reveal all the related community content.

How to apply tags to posts

Tagging any post is very easy with the new tag interface. When you discover a post that you would like to tag, simply click on the tag link below the post itself, and a small overlay will appear presenting your most recently used tags. 

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Social Computing Symposium 2012: The Changing Nature of “The Public”

By fuse-blog2 years ago - permalink

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The Social Computing Symposium 2012 was held on the campus of New York University in the Interactive Telecommunication Program space on January 12-13 and it focused on the changing nature of “the public,” and this year it was organized by: Lili Cheng, danah Boyd, Mike Annany, Alice Marwick Liz Lawley, Brady Forrest, Clay Shirky, Clive Thompson, John Borthwick, Tom Coates, Dan O’Sullivan, and Dennis Crowley.

Check out the agenda and the videos of the sessions here! How can I change my profile picture?

By fuse-blog2 years ago - permalink

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By default, the first time you sign in to, the system will use your Facebook profile picture as your identity in

If you wanted to change that though, it’s very easy, simply follow these steps:

  • Sign in to and click on the Settings link on your left rail
  • Click on the edit link in the “Profile pic” line

  • Enter a picture URL in the “URL” textbox and click “Go”

  • You can revert it back to use the Facebook photo at any time by coming back to this page and selecting the appropriate otpion

We actively incorporate user feedback. And it makes an impact!

By fuse-blog2 years ago - permalink

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When you are FUSE Labs doing social research, you’re essentially an island of engineers and researchers working away at building a concept. You have hypotheses, but it’s not until you bring in real live users and watch their behavior, that you start understanding the deeper dynamics of what you have enabled.

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The Privacy Issue on and some unexpected surprises

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While delving into this research project focused on social searching, we expected that one of the big issues that would immediately concern users was the “privacy issue”.  Our mental model of searching has always been private— and the experiment flips that around, making the site’s emphasis broadcasting your searches and explicitly sharing them with the world.  Furthermore, it opens the doors to exploring what others have searched for.  When we asked what people’s concerns were in our focus groups with University of Washington students, it was no surprise that privacy was a significant issue.

“At first I thought it was an invasion of privacy “
“it’s too public!”

We wanted to carefully track their feelings around privacy, so we gave the students a questionnaire each week that asked about privacy and to what extent it prevented use.  Illustrated here in week 3 of their use with, we see a general trend suggesting that self-reported use was not affected by privacy to a huge degree.  In other words, as the weeks passed, for the majority of people, privacy was not a big concern. We also found that their overall concern for privacy decreased week by week.  

Why was this happening? 

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Reblogged from gregmelander:


What if Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr had an actual physical space? A place to express yourself, share or say something nice to the world. What would that be like? Well, these folks did that experiment.

By fuse-blog 2 years ago - permalink

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