Search giant Google, Inc. tipped its hand this week to Google Base
, it's much-rumored auction service that many people believe is meant to compete against auction sites like eBay or Craigslist. Google Inc. is testing a new service to let Web users publish information online. Analysts and blog commentators have been abuzz this week over purported Web page screenshots showing a new service called "Google Base." Another related service could offer online payments and would put Google head-to-head with eBay Inc.'s PayPal payments service. "Google Base" as depicted in screenshots on Google-watching sites encourages users to post details of their small business enterprises, articles on current events, automobile listings and even scientific research.
"We are testing new ways for content owners to easily send their content to Google. We're continually exploring new opportunities to expand our offerings, but we don't have anything to announce at this time."
Analysts said that if Google combines the publishing system with its Froogle shopping service and other offerings it could compete with local classified advertising on sites such as eBay, Craig's List or online shopping at Amazon.com. The site, "Search Engine Roundtable", links to a posting attributed to Google in which the company is said to be introducing a tool at a closed meeting it calls 'Google Zeitgeist'05 Partner Forum
' being held on Google's Mountain View campus. Big Waves from "Google Base"
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