Introducing Collection Moderators, “Us” Collections

By fuse-blog1 year ago - permalink

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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!


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 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

By socl-blog1 year ago - permalink

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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

By fuse-blog1 year ago - permalink

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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

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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Cuisine: defining cultures, uniting people

By chaoticntrl1 year ago - permalink

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Is the quickest way to someone’s heart through their stomach? I do believe that one of the easiest ways to recognize similarities between people is through cuisine. Take for example this simple post from Socl user Loyal Khan, who shares his families tradition of eating paratta for breakfast every morning in Pakistan. I had never heard of such a dish, but I soon learned from Elraper that paratta is a familiar sight on Turkish breakfast tables.

Breaking bread brings us all close together in multiple ways, the most apparent of which is the universal nature behind the need to take nourishment. However, if we look a bit longer, we begin to see the anthropological stories our cuisines contain.

Come explore the tie that binds, get ideas for breakfast recipes, or maybe just look at funny pictures of flying waffles over on Socl

Lili Cheng on building tomorrow

Linked 1 year ago - permalink

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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

By fuse-blog2 years ago - permalink

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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!

Linked 2 years ago - permalink

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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.

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