Is there room for ANOTHER social network?

tswayne

Microsoft seems like they are trying to emulate Google+ with the launch of Socl. I have to wonder if there is room for yet another social network. Google+ (which I use instead of Facebook) has taken a while to take off, but now seems to have reached a reasonable level of penetration, with most of my friends using it to some degree, and those that don't at least being open to it. MySpace has re-launched, although I don't know how well that's going. Now Microsoft has Socl, which I assume they want to integrate into the Windows 8 experience and Windows phone experience. Google+ has the advantage of being integrated with millions of Android phones, even if a lot of Android users don't use it. What does Microsoft have to draw people in? I mean their phones may be fine, but they account for what 3-4% of the market? That's not enough to drive acceptance of a new social network, in my opinion. Then again, I've been wrong before. What do you think - any chance that Socl will be a success?

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jimlynch
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No, I don't think so. Google+ still hasn't been able to catch Facebook. Why on earth would anyone want to be part of a Microsoft social network? It's just them trying to play catch up to other companies, just like they are doing with Apple by releasing their tablet products.

I doubt it will work, there's just nothing to draw anyone to Microsoft's products at this point.

Christopher Nerney
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Socl has dismal failure written all over it. To answer one of your specific questions, Microsoft has nothing to draw people in. I'm guessing Socl will be quietly abandoned by next spring.

jimlynch
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No, I don't think so. Google+ still hasn't been able to catch Facebook. Why on earth would anyone want to be part of a Microsoft social network? It's just them trying to play catch up to other companies, just like they are doing with Apple by releasing their tablet products.

I doubt it will work, there's just nothing to draw anyone to Microsoft's products at this point.

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