What is Microsoft Tulalip?

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What in the world was Microsoft’s Tulalip, and where did it go? It seems someone at the research department got an itchy trigger finger and published a product to the Web that wasn’t meant to be seen by the public. The question is if it was never meant to be seen by the public, or was it just too early?

The folks over at Fusible were doing some research on who the new owner of Social.com was, and found that not only does Microsoft own it, but they also own another domain called socl.com.  When they visited the site they found the screen shot you see up top (click for a larger view) with the tag line:

With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever.

The Facebook and Twitter sign in buttons were not working, but Search Engine Land was able to get a screenshot of what information was there and how this service would interact with your accounts.

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As you can see in the circle, the site was set up by Microsoft Research and was considered an experimental app.

Since these blog posts were written, the site has been removed and replaced by the following statement.

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.

There is every chance that this was just someone at Microsoft experimenting with different concepts, but the interesting underlining story here is that Microsoft purchased Social.com within the past two weeks, and they are also sitting on Socl.com which would fit in nicely with Bing.com from an atheistic standpoint.  Tulalip may have just been someone experimenting, but what are they planning to do with those domain names?  I can’t imagine that Social was a cheap purchase, but considering the money they have, even if they never use it, it’s doubtful they will even blink, but it certainly does make you wonder.

What do you think Microsoft is up to in the social space?

[via Fusible and Search Engine Land]


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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...