We are all probably all to familiar with Twitter and Facebook by now. Some of you have probably even spent a little time with Google Plus too.
The competition seems to be heating up lately with Google announcing their attempt to enter the social networking arena. Most of the internet was buzzing about Google Plus for weeks after the announcement. And, I still see an occasional story or post about it. Whether it really takes off and what it amounts to or becomes of it who knows yet. It is still too early to tell.
So what about Microsoft? Are they going to jump on board and come up with some kind of social networking platform? One has to wonder if they have any plans, or if they are silently working on their own social project.
Well a couple of weeks ago there was a splash type of page published to Socl.com called Tulalip by Microsoft. Shortly thereafter it was taken down and replaced with a message.
At the time of this posting Socl.com still exists with the 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.
Whether Microsoft is truly working on their own social project or not who knows. There is a possibility they are up to something. Whether it evolves into anything or when is another story.
One of the benefits they have going for them is their name. Everyone has heard of Microsoft and are familiar with them. So they would already have some popularity going for them. Maybe not at Facebook or Google’s level of popularity, but certainly more than a new starter website would have.
In the meantime I guess we shouldn’t count Microsoft out in the world of social networking, and it will remain a mystery.