Microsoft Launches a ‘Social Search’ Network

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By Doug Gross, CNN

(CNN) — Does the Web have room for one more social network? Microsoft thinks so.

With Facebook hogging the spotlight last week and Google working to stay in the game with Google+, Microsoft has quietly launched So.cl, which it describes as a social-search tool to share information and meet people with common interests.

What it’s not, Microsoft says, is a rival to Facebook.

“So.cl is an experimental research project focused on the future of social experiences and learning, especially among younger people,” Microsoft said Monday in an e-mail.

The tool was launched late last year for students at a handful of colleges and universities. Last week, the company quietly made it available to anyone for a public beta test period.

Among the features of So.cl (pronounced, of course, “social”) is a “bookmarklet” feature similar to Facebook’s “Like” button. That lets users share sites or pages they…

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