The big news this morning is everyone is saying Google is taking on ebay with their new Google base, where users post and make searchable any type of content. Google says they are just making it easier for users to give Google access to their content, just like the recently released Google sitemaps and their webcrawler, a bot who has been crawling the web continuously for years.
As a side note, they aren’t making it easier for this webmaster, as my site is no longer searchable in Google because of their recent update, you can, however, find references to my site on thousands of sites still in Google.
From the News.com article,
A screenshot of a page for “Google Base” gives as examples of items that can be posted to Google’s server: “description of your party planning service,” “articles on current events from your Web site,” “listing of your used car for sale,” and “database of protein structures.”
“This is an early stage test of a product that enables content owners to easily send their content to Google,” a Google spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail. “Like our Web crawl and the recently released Google Sitemaps program, we are working to provide content owners an easy way to give us access to their content. We’re continually exploring new opportunities to expand our offerings, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time.”
It certainly appears to be a step in the ebay and craigslist direction, as items will only be listed for 31 days I think one blog said, but, if they allow links to other websites, such as ebay, then this could provide a lot of traffic to ebay users, imagine being able to post your items on ebay, and then directly link to them from google. Not even sure if this will be possible or even allowed, but if that would be the case, then it would help ebay more than hurt it. But, it doesn’t sound like it will be allowed, from a screenshot on the main login page it said,
Google Base is a database to which you can add all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online for free. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base.
Sounds like this could become very large and unwieldy, hope they have the manpower and the ability to manage it. As I can see from my logs they have trouble with the stuff they are supposed to do very well already.