Yesterday, Google Inc. launched “Google Base” which will allow users to publish information online that can be searched by anyone. This can include anything from job listings to recipies.
The Official Google Blog explains how Base works:
“Right now, there are two ways to submit data items to Google Base. Individuals and small website owners can use an interactive user interface; larger organizations and sites can use the bulk uploads option to send us content using standard XML formats.
Rather than impose specific schemas and structures on the world, Google Base suggests attributes and item types based on popularity, which you can use to define and attach your own labels and attributes to each data item. Then searchers can find information more quickly and effectively by using these labels and attributes to refine their queries on the experimental version of Google Base search.”
According to Reuters, “Analysts said that if Google combined the publishing system with its Froogle shopping service and other offerings, it could compete with local classified advertising on sites such as eBay or Craig’s List or online shopping at Amazon.com.”
Posted by Sean