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October 25, 2005

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Basejumping to Conclusions

After hearing about Google’s BigTable data-organizing scheme the other day, posters at Google Blogoscoped started musing about the possibility of a Google database where anyone could list and organize oceans of content. Then Tony Ruscoe discovered that Google had recently added the subdomain base.google.com. Then the site went live. Briefly. Long enough for folks to capture some screenshots and an official description:

Post your items on Google.

Google Base is Google’s database into which you can add all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online for free.

Examples of items you can find in Google Base:

• Description of your party planning service
• Articles on current events from your website
• Listing of your used car for sale
• Database of protein structures

This and “Google Purchases” (i.e. gPayPal) are expected to be introduced at Google’s invite-only shindig today in CA. Intriguing.

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Posted October 25, 2005 at 7:51 | Comments (4) | Permasnark
File under: Technosnark

Comments

No no no! Didn't they get my email?? It was supposed to be GRID.google.com, not janky base.google.com!

But seriously -- I am curious to find out exactly what they mean by 'host your content.' And of course how open & accessible the back-end is to outside apps -- for instance, how hard or easy will it be for someone to write a 'backup to GoogleBase' plugin for Movable Type?

A: very, very easy.

I would guess the folks at Blogoscoped have the idea:

Base + Froogle + Wallet == Yahoo Stores or Amazon Sellers.

Froogle has undergone a major upgrade/rewrite, and Google is putting all the pieces in place to compete with Amazon and eBay.

I don't mean that specific example, but that kind of extensibility. We already know databases rule the world. Turn everyone into a little database creator and oh! The Power! The Power!

Aha! But so far what GBase lacks is any indication of cross-referencing between items... so far this thing is an Excel spreadsheet, not a truly rad relational database. I want items to link to other items!

But perhaps Google is looking to establish a system of 'messy relationships' by meshing their search technology w/ all the attributes and tags and stuff applied to these items? That might be interesting. So connections wouldn't have to be explicitly made; they would just be discovered & established. Hmm...

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