Microsoft social network, Socl, is set to shut down by the end of the month.
Microsoft has announced that it will be permanently shutting down its social networking service, Socl, next week.
Socl, developed by FUSE Labs, will cease to be on March 15th, according to a blog post on the much forgotten social networking site.
The social network was launched in 2011 and was designed to be a collaboration tool as opposed to a communication platform. Initially targeted towards students, before a wider roll out, the platform allowed users to share creative content such as picture collages or short videos in a method not dissimilar from Pintrest.
In a farewell blog post the social network said: “Socl has been a wonderful outlet for creative expression, as well as a place to enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing and learning together. In supporting you, Socl’s unique community of creators, we have learned invaluable lessons in what it takes to establish and maintain community as well as introduce novel new ways to make, share and collect digital stuff we love. ”
When details of the service first emerged in 2011 many believed it would be a competitor to Facebook as many large tech companies, seeing the potential of facebook, began dabbling in social networking, such as Google with its Google Buzz platform in 2010.
The social networking site fell into relative obscurity after failing to gain significant traction among its audience. One of the more bizarre features of the system is that it required a Facebook login to use the service, essentially making it a Facebook add-on.
After 6 years, 5 years longer than Google Buzz, the social network will go offline permanently next week.
The blog post ended on an optimistic note that said: “From the very beginning, we’ve been amazed by your creativity, openness, and positivity. Thank you so very much for sharing your inspirations with us.”