Much of the original Social connector is gone from Outlook: all of the "social providers" (Facebook, LinkedIn, SharePoint integration) were removed. All that is left is (in my opinion) the best, most useful piece: the people pane with it's recent messages results.
People Pane Search
Windows Desktop Search is required for the people pane's search to work. When it's not installed, messages and events associated with the email address will not be found and the people pane will be empty.
The people pane will list the last 50 messages from the selected person, as well as attachments and meetings with that person.
If in the Inactive section: click the Go button at the bottom of the Add-ins dialog to open the COM Add-ins dialog.
Locate the Outlook Social Connector in the list and check the box to enable it.
If it is listed as disabled, select Disabled Add-ins from the dropdown at the bottom of the dialog and then press Go.
If the Social Connector won't stay loaded, see Always Load an Outlook Addin for instructions on how to force it to always load.
In Outlook 2007, look in Tools, Trust Center, Add-ins. The dialog is identical to Outlook 2010 and up. You can also check for disabled add-ins from the Help, Disabled Items menu. If listed, select the add-in and click the Enable button.
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Download the social connector for Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007: Outlook Social Connector
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector 32-bit For Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003, released 9/9/2010
Frequently asked questions about Outlook Social Connector (MSKB)
Developing an Outlook Social Connector Provider (for Developers)
OSC: Synchronizing Friends and Activities (for Developers)
Description of the Outlook Social Connector update: July 13, 2010
OSC Patch for Outlook 2010 32-bit - Update for Outlook Social Connector (KB983403), 32-Bit Edition
OSC Patch for Outlook 2010 64-bit - Update for Outlook Social Connector (KB983403), 64-bit Edition
Complete package (OSC 1.0 msi + patch for v1.1) for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003 clients