As we all know, social networking is big big business right now. Google knew this and as a result recently brought out their new service Google Plus to try and take on Facebook. It now seems that Microsoft are secretly trying to get in on the act, after accidentally leaking a splash page online. The page was quickly removed, although Microsoft admitted it was a project they were working on, something that goes by the name of “Tulalip”.
Microsoft has had a hard time of late with their mobile OS Windows Phone 7, so it would make perfect sense for them to boost the company with a social network. Because we know so little about Tulalip, we are not sure if it will be a fully blown social platform like Facebook, or another kind of network with social integration. Microsoft had said on the main page that “with Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever”.
Notice that the words “Find and Share” have been highlighted meaning that they may be the main features of the site. According to Cnet UK, Microsoft acquired the domain name socl.com, which when visited now yields a big message from Microsoft, informing us all of their silly mistake. It reads: “Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the Web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”
You can see by the leaked image above that you can sign in to Tulalip via Facebook and Twitter, which seems an interesting feature. We are also confident that if indeed Microsoft are going to launch a social network of their own it will come integrated with their hugely successful Xbox Live service. Your Tulalip account could for example be linked to your Xbox Live account so you can find your friends on either platform and share all of your gaming adventures and so on together. Just a thought but who knows?
That is a feature that would be unique and would really appeal to gamers, whom of which there are millions. We are not too sure about the name though, it does not seem like a natural name for a social network and some may have trouble just pronouncing it, let a lone using it. So what are your first thoughts on the mystery that is “Tulalip”? Can it compete on a serious level with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and eventually Google Plus? Let your thoughts be known in the comments. Will you sign up when Microsoft actually unveil it at the right time?