Microsoft accidentally reveals internal social project "Tulalip"

By on July 15, 2011, 7:09 AM

Microsoft is not going to sit back and let others have all the fun when it comes to social networks. The company today accidentally revealed an internal test version of a social search service named "Tulalip" -- reportedly after a group of Native American tribes. The site was hosted at socl.com and included a non-functioning search box as well as a short message that read: "With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever."

Although Microsoft has since pulled the page it did confirm the project by posting this instead: "Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web."

In case you are wondering, it doesn't seem like this will be a full-fledged social network competitor a la Google+, but rather something to work with existing ones. There are options to link the service with Facebook or Twitter, and the "tiles" of images on the design are reminiscent of the user interface for Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform.

It's unclear how serious the company is about this project or if it's part of a larger plan. As Fusible.com points out, IP and brand protection company Marksmen bought the Socl.com domain a couple of weeks ago, and recently transferred ownership to Microsoft. Just days before that the company had co-brokered the sale of social.com for $2.6 million. Though the latter doesn't list Microsoft as the owner there are rumors that both domains are for a related project.




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Guest said:

You should add quotations to accidentally in the article title. I think it's obvious.

Guest said:

That's right. Accidents don't happen on what it comes to microsoft a "social networks". Call bs on this one.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That will probably become the most mispronounced word on the net in the future...

"You using that Tulip?"

"You mean Tulalip?"

"Errr...yeah that"

"No"

Guest said:

That is a horrible name. Doomed to fail from the name alone.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL.. I live in Seattle and the Tulalip tribe are all over the place, including owning a bunch of casinos. Now I'm curious to see how much they're going to demand from MS to use their name.

Guest said:

I too think that they chose an absolutely horrible name. Regardless of what it means and what it stands for I can't see it being successful due to the bad naming alone.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Assume that the group that came up with Tulalip as the name for a social network are the same ones that are advocating Microsoft change the name of Windows ... probably not a really good idea.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

I would assume that Tulalip is the internal project name since it's an unannounced product. If it ever gets released I'm sure it would be called something different, hopefully it would not include the word 'Windows' in its name.

Chazz said:

Ya, I agree with Mario. That's obviously a codename. AMD never released a GPU called southern/northern islands. And what was the kinect called again?

aj_the_kidd said:

"Accidental" leak and horrible name aside, do we really need another social network?

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