Happy Birthday Google Base!

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 3:28 PM

By Bindu Reddy, Product Manager

It's been one year since we launched Google Base, and the team would like to take the opportunity to thank all our users for all of the hundreds of millions of items that have been submitted, and all the valuable feedback on how to improve this service.

We also want to take a moment to recognize some of the significant achievements of last year, including:

- The Google Base API that enables users to query items in Base and build their own cool mashups. Sites like Job Central, a national non-profit labor exchange, already are using the Google Base data API to include job listings from Google Base in their search results. Find a convertible car 4sale leads buyers to, yes, convertibles in Google Base, and plots their location on Google Maps

- Surfacing some Google Base results on Google when people are looking for items like used cars or pumpkin recipes

- Releasing such features as a rich text editor, reporting for clicks and impressions, and integration with Google Checkout and Google AdWords so that data providers can easily upload and manage their content and drive traffic

- Launching Google Base in the UK and Germany, so that people in these countries have a simple way to upload their data to Google

We're still a long way from our goal of creating an online database of easily searchable, structured information, but look out for more exciting features and improvements in 2007.

Shoot us an email if you have suggestions -- or even birthday messages.