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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Google Base To Go Live Tomorrow? (Rumor)

A source who wants to stay anonymous here is telling me Google Base (as previously reported) is scheduled to finally go live tomorrow. The address of the service – – has already been around for a while. It was discovered by Tony Ruscoe on October 24 (Tony used a dictionary-based script to sniff Google for all of its sub-domains –,, and so on). But the service was only briefly showing itself as a working prototype, as these screenshots show, and has been offline ever since.

At the time when Google Base was almost live, the following text was on its front-page:

“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”

While I can’t validate the prediction and have to file it under “rumor”, the source looks trustworthy and does believe Wednesday, November 16th, will indeed have Google Base open its doors. By the end of tomorrow, we’ll know if this was true.

Update: Yes, it’s live (Nov. 16, 11am CET)! And the offical Google Blog has an announcement now, too.

Update 2: Here’s my Google Base review.


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