In the cut-throat world of social networking, staying relevant is all that matters. Google realized this and recently released Google+ to combat current social giant Facebook. Now, is Microsoft up to something similar? Rumors started when the editor of Fusible stumbled upon a site called Socl.com, which was quickly pulled down by Microsoft.
Is this real or fake?
The original page (above picture) had a very distinct Microsoft design similar to Xbox Live and your friends displayed as tiles, again similar to Windows Phone 7. The page also had some dummy sign-in options through Facebook or Twitter. Tulalip appears to be the name of the new networking service Microsoft is rumored to be working on, but there’s no telling what kind of service it will be. Microsoft has promptly taken down the image and replaced it with this, “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.” The reason we think Microsoft is going after Google more than Facebook is because, Facebook is heavily integrated into their latest build of WP7called Mango and the Bing search engine, so it wouldn’t make business sense. If this is true though, then Tulalip coupled with Facebook and Twitter integration may just be strong enough to take on Google+. I guess we’ll just have to wait and watch if there is any truth to the matter, or not.