Google base

I haven’t fully computed the meaning of Google’s base. But I’ll start here: If the king of the world of unstructured data — it searches everything — is now getting into the business of structuring data with such things as very formatted real-estate listings, then Google should openly publish its structure so anyone can use it anywhere and still be found by Google. If they don’t, then Google — which wants to tear down the walls around everyone else’s gardens — is only building a wall itself. And if they don’t publish their API, then folks should gang up and use microformats of our own so our stuff can be found in spite of Google on Google. But if they do publish it — and if it’s open-source and open to change — then I say fine: We have the start of standards to swarm around.

I’ll say again that the future of classifieds is not centralized — on newspaper sites or even on Craigs List or Monster — but decentralized and distributed, living anywhere and found by search engines. If that’s Google doing the finding, fine. If it’s a specialized competitor, fine.

: Here’s the SF Chron’s story on base.

  • Jim

    Google is nothing more than a great search engine. Unfortunately, the barriers to entry for search engines are low, so Google knows it must hype the shit out of itself to keep the balloon inflated. That’s the reason for the weekly earth-shattering press releases from this company. Let’s look at Google in 2 years.. can anyone say “bubble?”

  • Jorge

    What about the idea that Google may offer free satelite TV. Would China launch the satelite for Google? How would Direct TV respond?

  • Angelos

    The only meaning I get is 502 error.

    Is that deep?

  • http://www.PROMPTtechnology.com Bira Rai

    People must start to understand that no company owns the internet. The data that exists on the World Wide Web is all public.

    In recent years in all industries the “middle” man is being removed. Example for the past 150 years people needed telephone companies to managed communication between individual today instant messaging allows for peer to peer.

    Today we need sites like eBay to manage transactions between buyers and sellers tomorrow Google Base will allows people to sell directly to one another.

    Google is capitalizing on a trend where “middle” men companies are being eliminated. The internet is all about efficiency. The company which makes doing business more efficient is successful.

    Bira Rai

    http://www.PROMPTtechnology.com
    416-922-7500

  • http://www.stocksorbonds.blogspot.com Jack K. Miller

    I believe it was in “Search” where it was reported that Google does not expect to host all the worlds information. Google expects to be the best at connecting the desired to the desiree. It is too soon to rush to judgement as we don’t know what even the beta product will be.

    It could be like your suggestion, a simple way of telling folks where to find a classified ad or other information that is hosted somewhere. As a consumer, I yearn for the ability to find and compare products easily and quickly.

    Google Print leads one to Amazon or another book seller. To my knowledge, Google has not tried to make deals to sell pdf versions of the books.

    In regard to barriers to entry, the prior response was uninformed. Google has built a tremendous infrastruture that allows it to find more items at greater speed. Even Yahoo has lost search share to this powerfully built service. The pace of adding new features is almost unbelievable. MSFT has spent billions trying to capture the eyeballs that Google has accumulated quickly.

  • http://google-update-news.blogspot.com/ Michael Comglas

    I can open the url, but it keep asking for my password !! I get no way to enter it.

  • http://tantek.com/log/ Tantek Çelik

    Jeff,

    Great analysis as always. You wrote:

    the future of classifieds is not centralized — on newspaper sites or even on Craigs List or Monster — but decentralized and distributed, living anywhere

    You’re absolutely right, and there are already a bunch of folks in the microformats community that are following our open community process to come up with a microformat for distributed listings that work the way people are already publishing this information currently.

    * Research on existing real listing examples on the Web
    * Analysis of current attempts at listing formats
    * And some brainstorming of what a listing microformat should include

    If you’d like to contribute to this open standards effort in the making, I encourage you to join the discussion list, and jump right into the wiki and add more examples, formats, or brainstorming thoughts you have on the subject.

    Thanks,

    Tantek

  • Eric

    Google is also all about “long-tail” searches. It’s great at connecting people with obscure, low-frequency searches, which happen to make the majority of all search requests.

    Google data augments that, since now they can draw upon lots of databases. Bira’s right, capturing such structured informaiton is very cool, since they become the one-stop shop for database driven content. As georeferenceing becomes more important, I think the search engine delivery of structured data will be even more important.

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  • http://www.googlebasetalk.com Amish Shah

    sounds like google is creating a giant p2p network of sorts but with more functionality, searchability, and versatility. actually now that i think about it piracy will likely not be an issue since you have to sign into your account to upload stuff. damn, google makes these products that you think, “why didn’t i think of that it seems so logical” and then they execute it to perfection

    Talk about google base at http://www.googlebasetalk.com

  • http://fannick.blogspot.com Glenn Fannick

    They’re not only silo-ing content with Google Base, they started doing it a while back with Google Groups where they are creating their own, separate Usenet.

  • http://tantek.com/log/ Tantek Çelik

    Jeff,

    Great analysis as always. You wrote:

    the future of classifieds is not centralized — on newspaper sites or even on Craigs List or Monster — but decentralized and distributed, living anywhere.

    You’re absolutely right, and there are already a bunch of folks in the microformats community that are following our open community process to come up with a microformat for distributed listings that work the way people are already publishing this information currently.

    * Research on existing real listing examples on the Web
    * Analysis of current attempts at listing formats
    * And some brainstorming of what a listing microformat should include

    If you’d like to contribute to this open standards effort in the making, I encourage you to join the discussion list, and jump right into the wiki and add more examples, formats, or brainstorming thoughts you have on the subject.

    Thanks,

    Tantek

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