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Jacob Aron, technology reporter

It would appear Microsoft has plans to get into social networking. Following the recent release of google+, Microsoft has accidentally gone live with a site called Tulalip. The site has since been taken down, but tech site Fusible managed to grab some details.

A welcome page tells visitors what it’s all about: “With Tulalip you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever”. Users can sign in with their facebook or Twitter account – Microsoft profiles don’t seem to be an option.

Visiting the site now at the domain socl.com reveals that it wasn’t quite ready for public viewing. The site now reads “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.”

It’s unclear when or if Tulalip will re-emerge, but it is possible the site will be rebranded for the official launch. The name comes from a group of Native American tribes located near Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, but it doesn’t really resonate with existing online Microsoft brands such as Bing or Live – Socl, the domain name, seems much more likely.

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