Friday, July 22, 2011

Will Microsoft Launch A Social Network?

Possibly, because this is a very bullish market at present.

Microsoft may be gearing up to jump into the lucrative social networking fray by launching a social networking site, according to a report. If this is really true, then it will be interesting to see how the three-way dance between the giants Microsoft, Google, and Facebook ends up.
Microsoft has reportedly bought a site, and it is not just the name that hints at it being a "social" networking site in the making. A few days ago, hosted a teaser page for a service called Tulalip, which is the name of one of the Native American tribes based near Microsoft's Redmond office. This service advertised itself in the teaser as a service that lets users "...Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever". There was a link saying "See how it works", and there were options to connect via Facebook and Twitter.
However, the teaser has now been taken down and replaced by a message that says, "Thanks for stopping by. is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn't mean to, honest". As of now, it remains a mystery whether or not Microsoft would really jump into the social networking web space, but the indications are strong, and the reasons compelling.
Do you think that Microsoft will start its own social networking service?


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