Yes, Sulia is yet another social network. However, unlike many of its brethren, Sulia makes no attempt to promote itself as the “next Facebook” or a “Twitter-killer.” Which is a positive, since its chances of becoming either are just about nil. Sulia is actually attempting to do something that no other service really has: to organize social content by broad topics. Sulia considers itself to be a “subject-based social network.” It’s definitely a niche that has not been filled; the question, of course, is how popular an idea will it be, really?
In many ways, Sulia is more of a publishing/aggregation platform than a social network. It’s supposed to feature experts in thousands of topics, without spam and trolls. From Sulia’s “About” page:
We use a combination of network managers and sophisticated algorithms to identify the best-regarded sources across thousands of topics. We then dynamically filter content from those sources, regardless of where it’s created (a blog, a social network, a media site, through Sulia’s publishing system, etc.), into high-quality, realtime social channels. The result is streams of timely content from trusted sources that is always on-topic, readable, and relevant.
Here’s a screenshot from the channel “Israel-Palestine Crisis,” which is a major news topic today:
What does this mean to me, Laura?
I think that, for librarians, this site might actually have two roles.
Another interesting feature is that you can post directly to Twitter and/or Facebook when you create content on Sulia.
Do you think this is something you and/or your library would use? Can you tell us why in the comments?