Google's got a competitor to eBay apparently...

Found 6th May 2007
Well, I say competitor, whether it'll work remains to be seen - after all nobody had noticed that Google had launched this - I didn't until I saw someone mention it on another site just... or for more info see…=en

Then again, though someone said it's their own version of an auction site - it's hard to tell from that whether it really is or not - any thoughts?


It's not an online auction site... and the reason you haven't really heard about it is because it's still in the BETA testing stages.

It seems to be an idea nicked from something the creators of Wikipedia said a while back actually!!

Basically, instead of basing searches on algorithms (which has been OK for me), what if users could create the listings for a search term?? So you type in biscuits, and instead of getting the usual rubbish you'd get on Google it could lead to more relevant results.

That seems to be the idea behind it anyway.

The article I was referring to:…stm

Wikipedia wanted to take on Google. So what do Google do? Make it first. As they should do. Fair play to them really.

Original Poster

Ah I see, thanks for the clarification. I thought it did look a bit too basic to be an auction site

Lol, it could be a promising feature if the combine it with the main searches well.

Its just Kelkoo isnt it??

No, it's not necessarily anything to do with shopping.

Basically, you add information... e.g. a recipie or interesting website... and YOU define the search terms which will show that result rather than some complicated algorithm.

For example, at the moment if I google for "moon landing" then most of the first page is about conspiracies... not great if I'm trying to do some research on the moon landing.

...while it COULD potentially be a place where people sell stuff, it's designed for people to arrange content with ATTRIBUTES rather than search terms. Not only does this help organise information online, but it allows users to upload research papers which they have been working on or any other offline content which can be uploaded to google...

Google's goal is to organize the world's information, and that … Google's goal is to organize the world's information, and that includes almost anything you might want to contribute, whether it's your store inventory, collection of original poetry, or research paper on cancer receptors. You can submit your information using either the standard web form or, if you have more than 10 items to submit, via our bulk upload options. When you submit information via the web form, you can attach up to 15 digital files in the following formats: PDF (.pdf), Microsoft Excel (.xls), Text (.txt), HTML (.html), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Word Perfect (.wpd), ASCII, Unicode and XML. Please note: the files you upload may not exceed 20 megabytes total in size, and we reserve the right to review all items in order to ensure they comply with the Google Base Terms and Conditions.

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