Microsoft’s Social Networking Plans? Site Gives Clues

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Could Microsoft be building its own social network to rival Facebook and Google+? Perhaps the tech giant accidently revealed its possible intentions recently with a new site called “Socl.com.”

According to reports last week, the site temporarily displayed information concerning something called “Tulalip,” which also featured non-functional Facebook and Twitter links.

The site read “Welcome” in large font and stated, “With Tulalip you can find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever.” A display image under the text featured what looked like profile pictures of various users.

However, visiting the site now 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.”

Microsoft has struggled in the realm of social networking, but recently agreed to purchase video and audio communication platform Skype in May in a deal that was worth eight and a half billion dollars.

Meanwhile, Google has kept busy entering the realm of social networking with the launch of Google+. The platform is still in limited capacity but recently reached ten million users.

 

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