Google Base Goes Live

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 16, 2005

As of tonight, the much-anticipated Google Base is live. Having just landed home from a conference, I haven’t had time to try it out, so for now, I’ll have to just point you to Danny Sullivan and Gary Price at Search Engine Watch for the details.

Judging from their comments—as well as one from Google’s Salar Kamangar, who said in a Wall Street Journal story that “Some people will use it for posting commercial things, but I’m not sure at all that it’s going to be a primary usage”—eBay and others may not have much to fear just yet. That seems to indicate that executives at eBay, which had seemed to be one prime target in the crosshairs of Google Base, may have been right when they appeared to be unworried about Google Base’s threat. Or maybe Google’s just being cagey.

More to come when I have a chance to check it out.

UPDATE: Still no time to try it out, but the reviews keep coming in. Mike Arrington at TechCrunch says “yuck,” but Dave Winer, as well as Brian Benzinger at Solution Watch, seem more optimistic. OK, my turn to try it out, more later….

Reader Comments

Ed Dunn

November 16, 2005 11:55 AM

I think the service is great paradigm shift and forward thinking. The old dated concept of crawling web pages, picking out keywords to show a boring result list that is not really relevant need to go.

This model focus on the web community to input content so Google can index, fresh, relevant content that the current users are interested in publishing or searching for.

Steve

November 17, 2005 2:44 AM

I just took a peek at it, and it looks great. I think it is a wonderful idea, that will probably has a few problems here and there, but in the long run it is a great opportunity for people to share things through google easier.
I am going to submit my DJ service to it and see if anything happens with it over the next 6 months.
It also makes me think that google is getting more yahooish. Meaning that google, which has for so long stayed a very bland, basic search page, is delving into more and more services for people.
Steve

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