Microsoft’s research team may have leaked the tech giant’s plans for a social search service developed to take the spotlight away from Google’s new service Google+.
A writer from Fusible, while looking for the mysterious buyer of the domain social.com, found a website called Socl.com, a site that was registered by Microsoft in 1998. While it is only a teaser page, it gave hints about a social networking tool from the company.
At Socl.com’s teaser page, Facebook and Twitter sign ins were spotted, and a text that reads: “With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever,” with the words ‘Find’ and ‘Share’ capitalized.
While the writer said that the discovery was made on July 13th, users who are trying to take a peek at the website were greeted with an error message that read: “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.”
Reports say that you can sign in to Tulalip using your Twitter or Facebook account.
Search Engine Land’s Matt McGee spoke with a representative from Microsoft who said: “Socl.com is an internal design project from one of Microsoft’s research teams which was mistakenly published to the web.”
It is still too soon to speculate if this is a response by Microsoft to the new Google+, which was launched on June 28th and has already amassed 10 million users.
via: Geeky Gadgets