While we were busy making predictions about the future of Google Plus, Microsoft was in the process of building its own social networking site. Microsoft accidentally leaked their latest social networking project. “Tulalip”, on www.socl.com.
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However, they were quick to take it off and replace the URL with this message:
This whole thing left users wondering whether Microsoft is planning to launch a social networking site or just some alternative option such as a social search engine. The tagline (With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever) lets us know that there is a chance of the site being a social search engine. While nothing is confirmed yet, the initial home page of the site displayed Facebook and Twitter logins which depicts that they may not be direct competitors. The “accidental release” statement also leaves us wondering whether this is a strategy by Microsoft to attract attention and generate interest as a prelude to the site itself. Till Microsoft publishes something to the site, it will clearly remain a mystery. The domain name, however, proves that the website certainly has a social connection and Google + might want to watch out for a tough competition.
The social wars have been in full gear since the launch of Google’s master weapon, Google Plus. Google is still trying to get a foothold in the social sphere and attempting to set its website apart from some of the primary competitors like Facebook and Twitter.