Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Base

Reports and rumours concerning Google's new Google Base service are starting to surface around the web...

CREDIT: Dirson (Posted via Flickr by aallan)
The front page of the new Google Base service

While the screenshots on Wouter Schut's blog seem to suggest that this is a eBay competitor, I think Marc Canter may have it right, this could be Google's foray into the world of micro-content...

The "official" Google response doesn't really address the possibilities of the new service, but Ars Technica have it right. This isn't just a way to get your content indexed by Google, with Google Wallet coming soon this is a way to distribute content and collect micropayments in exchange. I'm sure as well as anyone Google understands this, and the entire Google Wallet thing is starting to finally make sense. There is a plan, they just haven't told the rest of us...

Update: Some sensible discussion on the new service from the assembled hoardes at Slashdot...

Update: More from the International Herald Tribune, although I still think the new service is for microcontent rather than used cars...

Update: The login page is up, although it doesn't look like you can actually login to the service yet...

Update: Google Base finally launches, about a month after the first rumours surfaced, however the initial reaction to the new service isn't exactly very positive.