Microsoft skidded on the social media realm yesterday when it prematurely introduced, what some pundits are calling, the computer company’s own version of their social networking platform.
According to reports from ComputerWorld and Fusible, the platform is called “Tulalip,” the site is designed to enable users to “find what you need and share what you know easier than ever.” Those catchy words come from an image of its home page, which was taken down recently.
Forming an opinion from the one page, users would be able to log in to the site by using their Facebook or Twitter accounts. Fusible reports the image was revealed at the Microsoft-owned domain socl.com.
If you go to the site now, you will see this message:
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.
Tulalip (Tuh-lay-lup) is the name of a group of Native American tribes in Washington state where Microsoft is based in Redmond.
Seachengineland did a little bit more researching into the matter. Matt McGee found Facebook and Twitter sign-in buttons. If you clicked on the sign-in buttons, a screen said that Tulalip could “update your profile,” and “post tweets for you.”
It is still too early to guess what Tulalip will be for social media. But, I hope it’s more of a management tool than anything else.