It looks like Bing++ is not an exaggeration. For a brief period of time http://www.socl.com was a live website that looked like the screencap above, revealing to the world that Microsoft is in fact working on a social web service. Although hosted at Socl (social, get it?), the site referred to the project as Tulalip. The current site claims that “Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web” but all signs point to it being more than just an “internal design project.” Microsoft is definitely keeping mum about the whole thing and was unavailable for comment when we contacted them, so no further details have emerged on the project.
Is it a Facebook killer? Is Microsoft taking on Google Plus? It is unknown whether Tulalip will be a full fledged social network but the site clearly pointed to being able to “Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever.” This sounds like more of a social extension to Bing than an all out social network, as it offers logging in from both Facebook and Twitter. The now-familiar Tile interface was also shown on the site but it is unknown whether or not the interface of the service will have the Tile-based UI. Only time will tell what Tulalip really is but early signs are pointing to a web extension rather than a Facebook killer.