Visitors to Socl.com will see a message reading, “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.” And so the web is atwitter with rumors, and not because of the above statement’s very British use of “which” instead of “that.” Yesterday, Fusible happened upon a landing page a Socl.com for a Microsoft service called Tulalip that some speculate will be the software giant’s response to Facebook and Google+.
After Fusible noticed the teaser page, Microsoft quickly took it off line. Search Engine Land obtained a statement Thursday to the effect that the launch was accidental. WinRumors speculated that this project, like many of the company’s research projects, might never make it out of shop. Microsoft may integrate some of what develops out of the Tulalip project into existing services like Bing.com.
Fusible revealed on Wednesday that Microsoft had acquired the domain name socl.com.
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