Screenshots of what appears to be a social search product on a Microsoft-owned domain have been making their way around the web, igniting rumors that the company is planning to make a move on Google‘s home turf in the social search game.
Microsoft search engine Bing already integrates with Facebook to show you what your friends have liked and improve people search. But this seems a project quite divided from Microsoft’s staple search.
At the time Fusible discovered the page, it welcomed visitors to “Tulalip,” where “you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever.”
The page featured a a non-functioning search bar and buttons for connecting to Facebook and Twitter. The latter button led to an authorization page that explained the app would read tweets from your timeline, see whom you’re following and vice versa and post tweets.
Later, it was replaced to read, “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.”
[via Search Engine Land]