Facebook vs. new social networking sites: Microsoft Tulalip and Google+

 

By Posted 18 Jul 2011, 08:10

Social networking has been around a few years now with Facebook leading the way with users numbers and size. While Twitter has also been successful in its five years of existence, Facebook hasn’t had a true rival. But this is now changing with the launch of Google + recently which has received many plaudits, and is liked by us on Product-Reviews. But it seems that Microsoft is also attempting to have a crack at the market, so today we are looking at Facebook vs these new social networking sites such as Microsoft Tulalip and Google+.

Microsoft may be about to launch a new social networking site, as last week the company accidentally put up a splash page which was advertizing a social project. According to Jennifer Madison of Mail online the page was under the domain name of socl.com.

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It was entitled Tulalip and promised users to “’find what you need and share what you know easier than ever’. There was a page that displayed features which allowed users to connect via Facebook and Twitter, but no Google+. There were some links to ‘See how it works’ amongst others but they obviously didn’t work. You can see a video below showing the test page.

Microsoft have quickly removed the page and replaced it with a message apologizing about the error. When you click on the page now it thanks you for stopping by, and states that it was an internal design project from a Microsoft Research team. It goes on to say that it was published to the web by mistake, and “we didn’t mean to, honest”.

The page was originally found by a blogger who reported about it on news site Fusible.com, and commented that the domain name socl.com would complement bing.com. The name Tulalip is shared by some Native American tribes that are based near to Microsoft’s Washington headquarters.

This leak from Microsoft comes shortly after Google launched its new site which has proved to be successful so far. It gained ten million users in just over two weeks, and looks to have a bright future with users liking the features of the site.

But if Microsoft is bringing out its own social networking site will there be enough room to have so many sites available? There have been some reports recently of some Facebook users growing tired of the service and deleting their accounts, but this is only a small proportion of the 750 million users the site has.

Once more people join Google+ we could see many Facebook users defecting to the new kid on the block, but how many social networking sites do we actually need?