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24 October 2005

All your base are belong to Google

Since my last Google Subdomains post was so well received, I decided to run the script again to see if Google have added any more subdomains recently. As it happens, they have:

I’m not sure when this was added, but it only seems to return a 403 Forbidden status at the moment.

No doubt, this discovery will make people speculate over what new service Google could have in store for us this time. It seems like Google might have forgotten all about Google Calendar, so what could Google Base possibly be? Here are a couple of ideas:

Anyway, so that’s it. I’m all out of ideas, but there are plenty other meanings of the word “base” on Answers.com and Wikipedia, so I’ll let you figure out what it’s going to be used for!

Update: 24 October 2005 (22:40)

A post by shimsand over at SearchEngineWatch gives some information about what we can expect...

Google Base is Google’s latest project in an effort to organize the world’s information. It isn’t in Beta or Alpha yet. They are still developing it. I wasn’t able to get much information from my sources at Google, but I’ll tell you what they told me. Basically, Google Base will present feed results on the results page. The feeds will probably be anywhere from 1-3 results, and either presented above or below the horizontal sponsored ads.

Update: 25 October 2005 (09:15)

And Google Base is now live... kind of. It doesn’t seem possible to login just yet, but the page is now showing this:

“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

You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle and Google Local.”

The FAQs should be online soon too, but the page is currently just displaying, “Oops... We didn’t understand that. Your [sic] have tried to access a non-existent page.”

So, all you sceptics who thought I was way off thinking it could be an Online Database Application can eat your words! (BTW, credit must go to Wouter Schut in the Google Blogoscoped Forum for the idea to scan their subdomains again – and for the suggestion of it being something database related!)

Update: 26 October 2005 (13:10)

The Official Google Blog is being a bit vague but more details and screenshots are now available all over the Internet.

If you’re after some more information, I’d recommend reading the following posts on Philipp Lenssen’s Google Blogoscoped:

(BTW, I think that getting mentioned by The Guardian and The New York Times is pretty cool...)

Update: 26 October 2005 (21:30)

Well, Google Base appears to be almost live... yet again! I’m still not able to sign in to the service, but I’ve noticed that it now appears on my Google Accounts menu. Screenshots as follows:

Update: 27 October 2005 (13:50)

So, Google Base is up and down like a yo-yo. Oh well. On a kind of related note, I noticed that when I signed out of Google Accounts, the sign out screen showed “Purchases” in the list of services that I was logged out of:

Note: this only seems to appear when you sign out immediately after trying to login to Google Purchases.

Update: 16 November 2005 (09:00)

Finally! According to the Official Google Blog, Google Base is now officially live! (It’s only in beta, of course, but it’s live...)

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16 Comments

personalized homepage?
by Anonymous Anonymous  

homepage for moon base project?
by Anonymous Anonymous  

Today on 25.10.2005 at 9:17 MEST (MESZ) I read there:
"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."

Seems to have gone live...

Looks like an eBay / Craiglist competition

GoogleBase == GoogleBays...

Did you find it because of my remark?

http://blog.outer-court.com/forum/11831.html

(i'm wouter btw)

This is so cool! :D

Screenshots:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirson/55908013/
by Anonymous Anonymous  

You mean screen-shot not shots.

I have the second screen also: http://www.seweso.com/blog/2005/10/google-base.php

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog http://segu.blogspot.com .

Hello Tony,

Hey yes, you were one among the many pointers. I got your link from Technorati. Never mind, Blogging after all is sharing information.

Anyway how did you feel about my Blog. Just to know my health!

Thank you,
Rajesh Segu.

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perhaps the highest number of users of any site
+
a free place to keep everything you want to share or get attention for
+
puchase/accounts system for micro payment
=
a killer strategy, God knows what is comming later, somewhere in... net (www.somewherein.net/blog)

Just another attempt to improve understanding of indexed data (after acquiring blogger.com
and starting GMail?) Which means another way to improve a quality of results of content analysing algorithms?

http://allthebrackets.blogspot.com/2005/10/google-base-another-step-to-truly.html

Wow. The New York Times.

And look which page comes up first for [Google Base] in Google...

Google Base is currently live. Although it is not currently integrated with Google Accounts, the 503 Server Error that was there when you tried to go to base.google.com is not there anymore and the site is live. I dont know when the Google Accounts Integration will take place, hopefully pretty soon.
by Anonymous Anonymous  

My guess: This is where Google is going to place all the millions of library books its scans into its Internet search engine index.

Associated Press

GOOGLE ACCIDENTALLY GIVES PEEK AT NEW AD SERVICE
Google, Inc has unintentionally provided a sneak peek at what appears to be a looming expansion into classified advertising...free on Google Base.

may be file and links repository?