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Simpler, broader content-sharing touted in Google Base, still under

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
Thursday, October 27, 2005

The latest chapter in the often-fantastic saga of Google is out: This
time, it's about how Google plans to crush EBay.

A screen shot of a Google beta service called Google Base began
circulating via blogs and news stories on Wednesday. The page offers
few details, and was removed shortly after it drew interest. However, a
replica can still be found in screen shots displayed on various
Google-watching Web sites. The page encourages visitors to post items
on Google Base, defined by the company as a database where Google
offers to host all types of content, making the content searchable

As an example, Google suggests that users can list a used car for sale
and also suggests that users can post "descriptions of your
party-planning service" or a "database of protein structures."

It's the used car example that seems to have led many onlookers to
imagine that Google is planning to encroach on EBay's space. However,
the Google Base Web page makes no mention of an auction or online sales
capability. In addition to the EBay auction site, EBay also runs
classified ad Web sites and is part owner of, a Web site
that includes classified listings.

Assessing Google's Plans

In a posting on Google's blog, Tom Oliveri, a product marketing manager
at Google, wrote that Google is indeed testing a new way for content
owners to submit their content to Google. He writes that Google will
release more details when there's more news. The post runs under the
headline "Rumor of the day."

A service like Google Base might make sense in Google's overall plan,
though it's hard to know with just the bare details that are available
so far, said Joe Wilcox, senior analyst at Jupiter Research.

"Too many people think Google is a search company, but it's not. It's
about providing access to information," he said. If Google Base allows
Google to receive content directly from users and index and catalog it,
the company can do a better job of providing access to it, he said.

Google's activities are under more scrutiny then ever since its
financial results continue to improve dramatically. Last week, the
company reported that its revenue nearly doubled in the third quarter
this year compared to last year.

Re: Google Fuels Rumors of New Service

Yes, I read one article that Google is 13th highest profitable compan

in the world, just next to IB


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