Microsoft accidentally announces new social media site, Tulalip

First Google got back into the social media game with Google+ and now it appears that Microsoft might soon be joining the fray as well. On Thursday the company accidentally released information on their website socl.com describing a project called Tulalip. The graphic on the site was vague, stating only:

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

The site included two buttons, one for a Facebook login and one for a Twitter login. In addition it included tiles of people’s faces in the lower left hand corner.

Shortly after the release, the site was taken down and replaced with the following text:

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

Fusible.com attempted to contact Microsoft about this new project but was given the same answer as is posted on the website.

At this point the goals of socl.com and how that relates to a product called Tulalip are unknown, but it’s probably safe to assume that this is not going to be an internal project for long.

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The site included two buttons, one for a Facebook login and one for a Twitter login

And people are serious in trying to call this 'like Google+' or another new social network site?

Seriously, a Facebook login?

From: "...Find what you need and Share what you know..."

With Microsoft talking to Twitter, it may just be an intregration project joining the facebook features and expanding them BOTH back into Bing more than what they are doing with Facebook now.

Tulalip is the name of an native american tribe from western Washington. Of course the idea is native americans are all about sharing and care for the environment and what not (and tribal warfare)

they already tried this once with the research project wallop, it expanded to mywallop and then failed.if they use parts of what they learned from that on the new project it might work this time

Quikboy said,
Very much confidence internally on Windows Live ID, eh?

Windows Live ID powers billing.microsoft.com, I'd say their confidence is high.

This looks very much like an incubation project to leverage partnerships with existing social networking tools to add some value on top. The screenshot even says sign in with your existing social network login......

Either way, I don't think it would see the light of day. The core technology will be taken from the research project and branded as Windows Live something.

FMH said,
It's difficult to pronounce. Not very catchy, for something 'social'.

It's a three syllable, seven letter word - how hard can it be?

Here you go, try it phonetically: Too-La-Lip

Granted, it's not very catchy though.

Tulalip.... Microsoft are ridiculous with their names. I mean 'Windows Live Security Essentials' WTF!?! They should mock Google and give it a one word name with a multiply sign on the end. They really should have used their Kinnect branding for their social site.

Iridium said,
Tulalip.... Microsoft are ridiculous with their names. I mean 'Windows Live Security Essentials' WTF!?! They should mock Google and give it a one word name with a multiply sign on the end. They really should have used their Kinnect branding for their social site.

Doubtful they would release it to the public with that name, its an internal/test name. Tulalip is an Indian tribe in Washington State near where the Redmond Microsoft campus is.

Iridium said,
Tulalip.... Microsoft are ridiculous with their names. I mean 'Windows Live Security Essentials' WTF!?! They should mock Google and give it a one word name with a multiply sign on the end. They really should have used their Kinnect branding for their social site.

The application is actually called Windows Security Essentials, which isn't that bad.

Iridium said,
Tulalip.... Microsoft are ridiculous with their names. I mean 'Windows Live Security Essentials' WTF!?! They should mock Google and give it a one word name with a multiply sign on the end. They really should have used their Kinnect branding for their social site.

first its Microsoft Security Essentials... and windows live essentials. 2 different products target to 2 different things.

and Tulalip... if you bing it, you willl find its a native tribe or well an indian reservation, even a casino is called like that, because its not a bad name or ridiculous, if you respect native tribes.
and since its a MS research project, it would be logically a codename, internal name or whatever, just like NATAL was a codename for kinect or Vienna for windows 7...
so i still dont understand how people cant understand what codenames/intenal names are.

Iridium said,
Tulalip.... Microsoft are ridiculous with their names. I mean 'Windows Live Security Essentials' WTF!?!
You definately just combined "Windows Live Essentials" and "Microsoft Security Essentials" 2 completly seperate offerings. way to go

You think MS would use their existing Live services and not make another site to link it all together...

Should be interesting if its released WW

brent3000 said,
You think MS would use their existing Live services and not make another site to link it all together...

Should be interesting if its released WW


That's probably just a codename. I'll make an "edumacated guess" and say the reason it showed up on socl.com is because it will launch under the name "socl". Either that or Microsoft will be really creative and use a name like "Microsoft Windows Live Social Media Aggregation Connector 1.0 Web Edition".

Edited by xpxp2002, Jul 15 2011, 3:54pm :

Kondrath said,
Tulalip? lol? The guys at Nintendo must've helped them come up with that one.

Yeah! Will just die out pretty soon. Even the name isnt attractive for a social network.

Tweaky Nippleton said,
Tulalip? Really?

its a reserve in washington. and the name of a native tribe.. what would of been better Microsoft Question Mark
Microsoft?

warwagon said,
Am i the only one that thought of a "tulip flower" when I saw the name?

Tulip and lips... Sounds sort of georgia O'keefe. Not a big fan of the vadge, so this does nothing for me.

warwagon said,
Am i the only one that thought of a "tulip flower" when I saw the name?

Nope. When I read "Tulalip", the first thing I thought of was a webpage with nothing more than a giant tulip flower on it. Lol.

jasonon said,
wouldn't this hurt MS's relationship with facebook?

Nah, it was a MSFT research project. Just a test thing, would never hit production.

The Dark Knight said,
Oh god, another one!


its obviously just a shell over facebook and twitter to help organize all the data.. its not a competing platform.. Seems kinda like http://www.projectemporia.com that they have for news.

interesting they named it after a native tribe from the seattle area