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Microsoft Social Media Site Accidentally Revealed

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the keeping-up-with-the-googses dept.

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BogenDorpher writes "Looks like Microsoft is trying to steal the spotlight from Google — a new social media site from the company was accidentally revealed. The site, branded 'Tulalip,' was not functional, and it was taken down shortly after its discovery. It appears to be a 'social search' service. Microsoft says it went live by accident, and was simply an 'internal design project.'"

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You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#36774246)

easier than ever !! yaaaay.

the marketing types need to start coming up with less shittier slogans if they want to sell this social media shit. it has grown old way too fast.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (2)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | about 3 years ago | (#36774550)

Nope; cos this is Microsoft, they don't need to come up with anything at all. All they have to do is that a) Windows update will default to adding it to all your web browsers and b) your operating system gives you a chance to opt out of sharing your data. Plus they can automatically build your social network not only from your webmail, but also from your corporate directories and stuff. Facebook is going to be so screwed. An excellent lesson in "partnering" with Microsoft. I think we'll be calling him Suckerberg from now on.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (2)

Matt.Battey (1741550) | about 3 years ago | (#36774696)

Hmm, me thinks it wasn't an accident, but the microbial ridden primate marketing. How best to get news about your new product but to have a supposed mishap to build buzz about it. It's like a sex-tape for software.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

linebackn (131821) | about 3 years ago | (#36775092)

Hmm, me thinks it wasn't an accident, but the microbial ridden primate marketing. How best to get news about your new product but to have a supposed mishap to build buzz about it. It's like a sex-tape for software.

Exactly. Microsoft is very good at this. It is a formula that has worked for them since the early 80s. The next time you see something leak about that new Rick Roll of an OS they plan to call "Windows 8" look closely, it is no accident, it is pure marketing.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#36775164)

Microsoft is NOT good at this.

Just like in the mobile OS space, they are years late and several dollars short.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

brim4brim (2343300) | about 3 years ago | (#36775266)

Microsoft is NOT good at this.

Just like in the mobile OS space, they are years late and several dollars short.

Late to mobile? Windows Mobile was around for years, almost a decade when they killed it. Microsoft's problem is it copies its competitors and offers little new when their own strategy isn't working. Phone 7 is an iPhone clone that is promising to be friendlier to hackers to get developers on board and using a Nokia deal to try to grab marketshare.

Ms had a greate mobile product with Windows Mobile that had some problems that they never managed to solve to make a pleasant user experience and decided to sack most of the team and base Phone 7 off Zune and go again with the lessons they had learned from Windows Mobile, the same lessons their competitors learned and stole their market share away from them and then people claim Apple did it first. Having worked on Windows Mobile devices, its problems were mostly that they never seemed to recover from that initial phase of rushed development to get something out there and the need to support those mistakes prevented the platform moving forward properly.

If I Put Roses on Your Piano (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 3 years ago | (#36776878)

Would you put Tulalips on my organ?

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

stephathome (1862868) | about 3 years ago | (#36775190)

That was my thought too. "Leaks" are too easy a way to build hype. They aren't going to let Google play in the social space without them.

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 3 years ago | (#36776752)

Microsoft is very good at this. It is a formula that has worked for them since the early 80s.

Really? I am struggling to think of an example of this from Microsoft. Of the leaks that they have had, I can't think of an instance when they have been caught out doing it deliberately (as opposed to bloggers just speculating this). Microsoft are much more likely to blatantly put out a press release to announce something long before it is ready to be released, in the hope that this will kill off the competition.

The next time you see something leak about that new Rick Roll of an OS they plan to call "Windows 8" look closely, it is no accident, it is pure marketing.

Why would they need to leak information about Windows 8 when they are actively previewing it [bbc.co.uk] ?

Re:You can search unnecessary people you want (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 3 years ago | (#36774736)

less shittier

LOL

Tulalip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774254)

I hope that's a code name for a project that's going to get a name that isn't 100% awful once it goes into production.

Re:Tulalip? (3, Insightful)

MindStalker (22827) | about 3 years ago | (#36774374)

Tulalip is also a Native American tribe and a town and bay in Washington north of Seattle.

Re:Tulalip? (3, Funny)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 3 years ago | (#36774434)

They should have named it Puyallup. Nobody but locals ever pronounces that right.

Re:Tulalip? (1)

snowgirl (978879) | about 3 years ago | (#36774590)

They should have named it Puyallup. Nobody but locals ever pronounces that right.

But cars cost less there!

Re:Tulalip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36776802)

Tulalip is also a Native American tribe and a town and bay in Washington north of Seattle.

and those are probably the only people who will ever join. Well, them and my mom.

Re:Tulalip? (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 3 years ago | (#36777256)

Intel should sue.

Re:Tulalip? (1)

rodney dill (631059) | about 3 years ago | (#36775882)

...Or one that could be mischaracterized as tulalimp

Re:Tulalip? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 years ago | (#36776998)

It sounds like a condition you'd get by sleeping with someone who had a few too many "friends" from the wrong places.

Which is oddly fitting for a social service page.

Tulalip? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774286)

Why didn't they go with chrysanthemum-mum-mum-mum-mum for the name instead?

Re:Tulalip? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774384)

Why didn't they go with chrysanthenom-nom-nom-nom-nom for the name instead?

FTFY

Re:Tulalip? (1)

Duradin (1261418) | about 3 years ago | (#36775404)

Chrysanthemum-mum-mum-mum-mum doesn't cash in on the bitcoin craze.

Tulalips (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 3 years ago | (#36774296)

Give it to me babyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Re:Tulalips (1)

obergfellja (947995) | about 3 years ago | (#36774810)

Give it to me!... Give it to me, Neal!

Not the name (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774352)

Bob2Bob is the name.

Re:Not the name (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#36775178)

hahaha... wish I hadn't already commented so I could mod this up.

Will Bob2Bob run on Packard Bell Navigator?

Riddle. (1)

grub (11606) | about 3 years ago | (#36774354)


Q - What's better than roses on your piano?

A - Tulalips on your organ!

Tulip madness? (5, Insightful)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | about 3 years ago | (#36774360)

On unix, everything's a file. On the new internet, everything's a social network.

Re:Tulip madness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774408)

Interesting. For Unix, the singularity of 'everything is a file' was Plan 9. I'm struggling to think of a movie bad enough to represent the climax of social networking.

Re:Tulip madness? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#36775968)

Interesting. For Unix, the singularity of 'everything is a file' was Plan 9. I'm struggling to think of a movie bad enough to represent the climax of social networking.

Two girls one cup.

Re:Tulip madness? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#36774898)

The internet is a social network.

Re:Tulip madness? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#36775990)

The internet is a social network.

You're wrong, and you're a grotesquely ugly freak.

See? More like an anti-social network.

Ha ha ha, REALLY? (5, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | about 3 years ago | (#36774402)

"Tulalip"?

Why, it practically trips right off the tongue. Then plunges to its death.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (1)

snowgirl (978879) | about 3 years ago | (#36774560)

"Tulalip"?

Why, it practically trips right off the tongue. Then plunges to its death.

It's a town in the Seattle area. So, it's likely a codename.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774740)

I thought it was the name of a character in "Bugsy Malone"...

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (1)

kehren77 (814078) | about 3 years ago | (#36774790)

It's a town in the Seattle area. So, it's likely a codename.

I'm sure the real name for it will be something cool like Bing or Zune or Kin. Maybe Zing or Bune.

Of course whatever they call it, it will come in Starter, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774964)

How about "Bung"? It fits, a deep dark hole where nothing good goes in and only crap ever comes out of it.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775122)

They can call it Bing Minus.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774800)

Indeed. Microsoft tends to use city names for code names of projects.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_codenames

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36776754)

Actually...it's a native american tribe from the area. You are right about it being a codename, though.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (1)

snowgirl (978879) | about 3 years ago | (#36777024)

Actually...it's a native american tribe from the area. You are right about it being a codename, though.

Actually, it's both. (Recognizing that in America "town" can be pretty much meaningless, as the term is so vague.)

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about 3 years ago | (#36774926)

"weweredrunk" was voted against.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775438)

It's an Indian Tribe with a casino and a big fireworks park in Quil Ceda. Yay Coast Salish.

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775572)

Also an anagram of Lilaput?

Re:Ha ha ha, REALLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775824)

Tulalip is the name of a Pacific northwest Indian Nation. Not the best name for a social media site, but hardly difficult or cumbersome to say.

"...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (5, Funny)

JackCroww (733340) | about 3 years ago | (#36774414)

Oops, we accidentally secured a four-letter domain, registered it with DNS servers, and uploaded content to it. But it was all a mistake.

Re:"...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (1)

InsectOverlord (1758006) | about 3 years ago | (#36774796)

I don't know if it is accidental or not, but I've witnessed blunders like that, and worse.

Re:"...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (1)

obergfellja (947995) | about 3 years ago | (#36774824)

*nudge**nudge* ;)

Re:"...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774908)

If you go to socl.com it says:

"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."

They said "honest," so it must be true!

"accidentally revealed" (1)

RackNine (1955398) | about 3 years ago | (#36775798)

Exactly. By saying that it was "accidentally revealed" they have everyone wanting to know what's all about. Good marketing strategy, if you believe it. I don't, even for a second

Re:"accidentally revealed" (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 3 years ago | (#36775920)

well, no. if you plan to test some db setup or something like that, a social network where you can send messages, receive them etc, live edits and such, then it's a good concept to prototype as it gives you a real world sort of scenario to fullfil. if it were google, they would have ran it with a pr campaign with expensive viral marketing experts and then shut it down as a research project.

Re:"accidentally revealed" (1)

RackNine (1955398) | about 3 years ago | (#36776314)

If it is a prototype the only possible way of marketing it is by "accidentally" revealing it. That's the only way you can be excused of not having a finished product while at the same time let it be known that you are on the game. As the original poster has pointed out, you don't need to buy a four-letter domain and register it with DNS servers just for testing purposes, Well, you would perhaps if you were on limited resources. Not the case.

Re:"...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#36776026)

Great sig.

"Leaks" (1)

bonch (38532) | about 3 years ago | (#36776400)

Almost every "leak" is intentional. My favorite is when movie and game sites breathlessly report that some teaser trailer "leaked" and then was taken down. Companies do that on purpose to create the illusion that you're seeing something they don't want you to see, which creates hype. It also makes people host the video on their own sites so that the company doesn't even have to pay bandwidth costs to host it themselves.

and.. (2)

gearloos (816828) | about 3 years ago | (#36774418)

Microsoft Social Media Site Accidentally Revealed !! And nobody cared...

Re:and.. (3, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | about 3 years ago | (#36774626)

I wonder if it's accidental, or if it's an attempt to undercut Google+. It reminds me a little bit of Microsoft publicizing the Courier concept right around the time that Apple revealed the iPad.

Re:and.. (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 3 years ago | (#36775512)

Given the market right now, it's Facebook they'd be undercutting, not Google.

Re:and.. (0)

Rennt (582550) | about 3 years ago | (#36776062)

I don't think that undercutting Facebook is what MS has in mind at all. Google+ has the world talking right now, and MS wants to kill it.

Re:and.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36777260)

Given the market right now, it's Facebook they'd be undercutting, not Google.

Don't be ridiculous. FUD of this kind doesn't work against an entrenched market leader (Facebook in this case), it's most useful against a hopeful challenger (Google in this case).

No substantial number of people is going to say "I'm going to stop using Facebook while I wait to see if Tulalip is any good", not even in Microsoft's most desperate dreams.

However, someone at Microsoft might dream of people saying "I won't switch from Facebook to Google+ when Tulalip is just around the corner, I'll wait for that first so I don't end up switching twice if it's really good".

Doesn't Microsoft have like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774424)

Doesn't Microsoft have like a bajillion internal design projects that never see the light of day? This might end up being another one of those.

What I like the most though is their apology screen. Polite, to the point, admitting what happened, and slightly self-effacing. With Microsoft I would've imagined just wiping it from the web and saying very little, if anything, when they make a mistake.

They didn't need to apologize anyway!

Re:Doesn't Microsoft have like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774598)

That's because it wasn't a mistake.

Friendy (5, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#36774428)

"Hello, it looks like you're trying to find a friend!

Can... can I be friends with you? Please? Oh God I'm so lonely!"

Re:Friendy (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 3 years ago | (#36774792)

Sortof like 3D-vision. Everybody is hyping it, but if you don't have depth-perception..

The same with social networks: once the late majority arrived and there were just posts of cats, baby pix, and has been through images of my long lost ex'es and laughed what has become with my high-school friends or acquantances, it got boring.

I don't care either about billions of people's their experiences and opinions which are creating a overly LOUD and NOISY saturated experience.

Yet, it's what the larger part of the internet-experience has become. It's a clickable tv where everybody is making their own reality-show. And in the end, there's a reason why they didn't show everybody on tv. Only few people are very interesting or give added value. And after a while, they sound like a broken record anyhow.

Re:Friendy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775954)

Everyone is a friend of Clippy, your friendly guide to the social!

Facebook/Twitter Login? (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | about 3 years ago | (#36774500)

Now that's pretty interesting. What happens when Facebook and/or Twitter decides they want to block Microsoft if it ever becomes a rival or a deal falls through?

I know, I know, Microsoft is courting both, Twitter for its firehose, and Facebook with Skype. But from the vantage of Facebook, for instance, doesn't really want Microsoft competing with them anymore than they want Google competing with them. Maybe Microsoft has assured them that it's a tie-in for Office 365 and/or Windows 7 media... but that's still overlapping Facebook in some areas, for instance, Facebook is working on music.

And at the end of the day, who trusts Microsoft and their embrace and extend strategy. Facebook and Twitter have shown a protective attitude too. Twitter bought up major 3rd party apps, and dropped support for any new ones, and the Google/Twitter firehose deal fell through. Facebook has shown even more aggression. They are a platform, NOT an API, in their minds.

Re:Facebook/Twitter Login? (1)

nine-times (778537) | about 3 years ago | (#36774586)

What happens when Facebook and/or Twitter decides they want to block Microsoft if it ever becomes a rival or a deal falls through?

It's also slightly funny for Microsoft to be competing with Facebook while partnering both for authentication and, if they're buying Skype, for video chat.

Re:Facebook/Twitter Login? (1)

GroovinWithMrBloe (832127) | about 3 years ago | (#36774758)

Don't forget, Microsoft has also invested in Facebook.

The best thing you can say about google+ (1)

kmdrtako (1971832) | about 3 years ago | (#36774524)

It's not facebook and it's not tulalip.

I scored a google+ invite, wanted to check it out. There's no there there. Yet. Will there ever be? Some estimates of 10M already signed up. Now what. Everyone else is still over on FB. I'm thinking it could be the next Google Lively.

Will anyone got to Tulalip?

Re:The best thing you can say about google+ (3, Interesting)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | about 3 years ago | (#36774600)

No one there? Forgetting the tech people, there are some big name celebrities on G+, ones who are on the cutting edge, like Ashton Kutcher. There are other celebs on their, like Kanye and Soulja Boy (though they are not big posters).

The question is, what happens with someone like Lady Gaga joins? For Twitter, it was Oprah. Facebook is different, though, because it's more of a friend-to-friend. And I think G+ is more Twitter-ish (start putting big names in your Following circle, and it is a VERY busy place), and so yes, it may be small now, but it will explode.

10 million users in 2 weeks for an invite only service is crazy growth! And the moment a Lady Gaga or Obama goes on there, private or public, that will be acknowledgement that this phenom is real.

I personally use it like an addict, though more like Twitter than Facebook. It has enough friend-to-friend, though, that I don't need Facebook and can still post to family and friends without switching networks. As the noise grows in public, I'll back off a bit, just like I did on twitter, and keep to a closer circle of followers and friends, but still engaging publicly.

The best thing I can say about G+ is that if you want to use it like Facebook, you can. Like Twitter, you can. Like neither, you can. It's really what you make of it.

Re:The best thing you can say about google+ (2)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#36776056)

No one there? Forgetting the tech people, there are some big name celebrities on G+, ones who are on the cutting edge, like Ashton Kutcher

It's Friday afternoon here and I'm tired. Was that a joke?

Re:The best thing you can say about google+ (1)

EXrider (756168) | about 3 years ago | (#36776138)

No one there? Forgetting the tech people, there are some big name celebrities on G+, ones who are on the cutting edge, like Ashton Kutcher. There are other celebs on their, like Kanye and Soulja Boy (though they are not big posters).

Am I the only person on Earth that could give two shits about what celebrities are doing?

Re:The best thing you can say about google+ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774726)

See, I think this is why they have invites to begin with. If you don't get your invite from a friend, then chances are that you'll find none of your friends are using it.

Re:The best thing you can say about google+ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774920)

wat

They really suck at names. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774564)

Vista, Windows 7, Bing, Tulalaiplapaa.

Microsoft really sucks at names.

Re:They really suck at names. (1)

bberens (965711) | about 3 years ago | (#36774682)

Of those, Windows 7 is a perfectly fine name.

Re:They really suck at names. (0)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 3 years ago | (#36774878)

Microsoft really sucks at names.

They used to have talent. Now they have well-fed pigs who try to be creative and funny "like it used to be"

They have piles of cash to sit on, and to maintain the hiearchy they've build over years to keep the revenu coming in. Inspiration has long been gone.

It's like your wife who was hot when you married her. But after 5 years, she yells at you when you suggest she's lay off the cheesecake or join you in sports...

winbeta.org down (1)

gbl08ma (1904378) | about 3 years ago | (#36774612)

or is it just me and my stupid DNS service? I guess, it's the /. effect.

Non functional (0)

Combatso (1793216) | about 3 years ago | (#36774622)

"The site, branded 'Tulalip,' was not functional" - So its ready for release then, right Steve?

Odd... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774628)

>> "Socl.com is an internal design project from one of Microsoft's research teams which was mistakenly published to the web."

I see one of two scenarios.

1) Since internal != internet, why the hell would you even register a domain name for something that was intended to stay internal? They could have simply used socl.microsoft.com if they needed to test it from another internet-connected site. So, scenario 1 is that MS is lying through their teeth.

or

2) They 'accidentally' published an entire web site. Imagine how safe your data would be with them.

So, either they're liars, or incompetent. Either way, DO NOT WANT.

Re:Odd... (2)

Malizar (553281) | about 3 years ago | (#36774746)

You missed the fact that they might be both.

Re:Odd... (2)

stephathome (1862868) | about 3 years ago | (#36775284)

They're not lying, they're marketing. There's a difference. /sarcasm

Re:Odd... (1)

UnresolvedExternal (665288) | about 3 years ago | (#36775618)

We are suffering from Slashvertisment by Proxy...

(every possible pun intended, even ones I didn't think of)

Re:Odd... (2)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | about 3 years ago | (#36775956)

That's just like saying:

Politicians aren't lying; they're legislating. There's a difference. /sarcasm

Tulalip (2)

jparker (105202) | about 3 years ago | (#36774666)

That sounds like a big gamble... (oh ha ha. oh it hurts. ha ha. ha)

(To add a thin veneer of content to this otherwise horrible joke, Tulalip is a town near Seattle, much as Whistler and Blackcomb are nearby mountains. Tulalip is best known in the Seattle area for several casinos. I wouldn't be surprise if MS intended the name to be a nod towards the gamble of it all.)

Re:Tulalip (1)

snowgirl (978879) | about 3 years ago | (#36774712)

That sounds like a big gamble... (oh ha ha. oh it hurts. ha ha. ha)

(To add a thin veneer of content to this otherwise horrible joke, Tulalip is a town near Seattle, much as Whistler and Blackcomb are nearby mountains. Tulalip is best known in the Seattle area for several casinos. I wouldn't be surprise if MS intended the name to be a nod towards the gamble of it all.)

Eh... more likely that Microsoft tends to prefer geographic internal naming schemes.

Accident! (1)

creat3d (1489345) | about 3 years ago | (#36774678)

Meh, Apple calls them "leaks"... to each his own. I call it a desperate PR move that will fail to bring any real excitement to an idea that's, as mentioned above, already grown old very fast (nowhere near fast enough, though). Move along, nothing to see here!

Old dogs and new tricks (4, Funny)

assertation (1255714) | about 3 years ago | (#36774702)

Microsoft trying to do a social media site makes me picture Bob Dole dressing like a 23 years old and trying to blend in at a dance club

AutoSocial (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | about 3 years ago | (#36774706)

Warning: If you are offended by anti microsoft posts don't read this. It is not meant for you.

Finally! A social media site my machine will automatically sign me up for and post all of my personal information and documents to. It rocks how Microsoft thinks ahead for you. I REALLY hope this comes with office 240!

If you choose not to decide.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775138)

.. you still have made a choice.

Finally! A social media site my machine will automatically sign me up for

This is the key and why a MS site could end up having users. They didn't get to be big by winning comparisons and making prospective customers say, "I'll take the Microsoft one."

Tie the signups into Genuine Advantage verification (i.e. to keep Windows running you have to have a profile), keep the OS preloads going (even paying OEMs to use it, e.g. Nokia, if you have to), and whether it's any good or not, it could have tens of millions of users.

Then they just need a "like" or "+1" button to get webmasters to embed references on third party pages, and they'll start being able to track the users, thereby generating targeting data for advertisers, and there's the revenue.

Preloads: it's like printing money.

Microsoft: "Whoops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36774806)

I accidently a whole social media site"

cap: pricks

So then... (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | about 3 years ago | (#36775082)

Anyone want to bet on how many social media patents Microsoft will claim it owns? (Since this "accidental" leak could be seen as the calm before the storm: Microsoft's impending, probable attempt at social media takeover).

Yay Microsoft (0)

Subratik (1747672) | about 3 years ago | (#36775118)

Another second-rate product just to tap a market they're not in yet... I love their business model... /ends sarcasm I think the zune is pretty good now though, can anyone confirm/deny?

There's also a rumour they have a phone OS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36775674)

I can't find anyone who's seen it yet though. Perhaps they could accidentally leak that too in the hope it gets some publicity.

Awsome! (1)

islon (1864460) | about 3 years ago | (#36775778)

It's gonna be a big success, everyone that has a windows phone will use it!

deomographics (1)

crimperman (225941) | about 3 years ago | (#36775786)

I note the picture covers all the major demographics as you would expect. I presume that MS Poland will be able to photoshop the ones it doesn't like?

Social networking congestion in effect (1)

DemonGenius (2247652) | about 3 years ago | (#36775888)

There seems to be so many social networking sites in the wild nowadays, that, considering the amount of management that would take place between several of them, it would make more sense to direct that energy into managing our own websites and linking to our friends' websites instead.

A social network from the 'me too' company? (1)

Tanuki64 (989726) | about 3 years ago | (#36776344)

How surprising.

Say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36776570)

Toooolaap... no.. um... toooolip. nope, that a flower. hmm... tooolaalaaalip. What is that word again?

A mistake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36776644)

Everything MS has done in last few years has been a mistake.

Fad (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 3 years ago | (#36776778)

Looks like social networks are going the way of everything else and will soon be rated at a consistent life span from when you start up to when something else comes along w/ 1-2 better features and a new interface.
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