12/28/2005

Google Clamps Down on Its Classifieds Feature

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:35 am

Sometime last week, search giant Google Inc. did something that seems rather innocuous to Google Base, its free feature for searching classified ads, event notices and other content contributed by Google’s registered users.

But like just about anything Google does, simple upgrades seem to have profound impacts and contain big hints of Google’s next big thing.

The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant recently unveiled a Google Base self-reporting feature for bad sites, one that mimics those used by Craigslist and other pioneering online searchable references that are based entirely on contributions from the public at-large.

It also added a new step in the Google Base process. When clicking on a Google Base search result, users now travel to a Web site under Google’s control, which has a version of the listing Google generated. Users have the option of clicking on a link to visit the listing’s originating site.

Source: eWeek

 

One Response to “Google Clamps Down on Its Classifieds Feature”

  1. Sam Says:

    If I may take this opportunity to do a shameless plug…some time ago I launched my own website. It’s called The Mega Board and if you come visit, you can post/view ads for free across a range of categories (except jobs, because as we all know, Monster.com is the best jobs board ever). Some of you may say, “Sam, this new site of yours is nothing but a Craigslist rip-off.” Well my friends, the Beatles started off imitating the great artists of their time and then evolved into something entirely unique and wonderful. Only time will tell if TheMegaBoard.com is more like Ringo than John, but I intend to create something I can call my own. Please visit if you get a chance.

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