Microsoft's Wallop

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 Microsoft makes inroads into social networking.  




  For a year or so blogging has been the big news. As people were just starting to ride the wave, a new and exciting set of services entered people's online social life. Reputed companies like Microsoft, Google and ethers are trying to tap the potential of integrated social networking web applications.

 Wallop is Microsoft's venture into the red-hot social-networking arena, using the common Microsoft tack of piecing together existing technologies and packaging them for the novice user. Those technologies include social-networking capabilities, super-simplistic blogging tools, moblogging, wikis and RSS feeds, all based on Microsoft's Instant Messenger functionality.

In Wallop, you can share photos, blog, and interact with your friends. Currently membership in Wallop is limited to study participants until the trial is over. Any participant who is a member can invite other members (just like Gmail!).

I happened to chance across an invite to Wallop. Once I signed up and logged on, the interface felt a bit complicated. The menu and interfaces were nothing like Microsoft had done yet. All very interactive, Flash- based animated interface. Within half an hour, I had my blog running, connected my non-Microsoft based blog's RSS syndication to Wallop, shared a couple of pictures and songs to the my newly created social network and passed messages around. Microsoft also provides the Walloplt! Upload Tool to upload multiple pictures, other files or whole directories by right-clicking on a file or a folder from a browser window.

Still at the Alpha stage, Wallop will continue to evolve into a more robust service as the backing of Microsoft will definitely carry weight. Wallop is based on the Microsoft .Net Technology. Many people are already speculating it to be linked with the release of Microsoft Windows codename Longhorn.

Other similar social engineering services are mentioned in The Sites section below. People utilizing these services will blog, communicate and share media among a closely selected group of people. These will serve as a closed private online community of people collaborating with each other. Many consider these social-networks to be the next "killer" web applications, just like email and Instant Messaging. So go on, catch the wave while its still high.





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