Google Database Application

by Tom Mullaly on July 27, 2013

It looks like Google is about ready to launch Google Base. In fact the site was up earlier, but was soon taken down. You can find a screenshot on Flickr. The text on the screenshot reads:

Post your items on Google.

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.

It appears to be an interesting application, but I worry about the amount of personal data that Google has access to. For example, they have all my emails (gMail) and my Blog reading list (Google Reader), they are storing my search history, and now I can store any type of structured data for me! Keep in mind, that I have allowed Google to do this, so I’m not complaining about them, but it is food for thought – How much data do we want them to store for us by way of a Google database?

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Chris Velevitch

With all this data and mail being stored, I’ve oftened wondered how reliable are their systems? Will I lose anything if something happens to their storage systems?

jim collins

This gives new meaning to the phrase “all your base are belong to us”.

Doug Gibson

No doubt that was a joke among Google developers.

Tyler54

Hey!! The site is back up now

Joannegigliotti

help!
I put things on the database but can’t find out how to take them out! the House is rented and I can’t find what to do.
Thanks
Joanne

Paul Loy

Chris: Google have multiple backup servers so none of your stuff should go missing (short of nuclear war on California!)

sabbirali

google is nice search but google need to improve in video serching and some person acess your chat like meebo.com
and google have authority to no one can acess his database without permision.

sabbirali

help

can any body can acess any database. like meebo.com that can acess all yahoo,google,msn database with program.
so give answer immiditely plz………….

stepi

what type of DB engine uses google?

Ramon

I don’t think google actually uses a regular RDBMS database, if we look into speed performance concept I don’t think you can get any with 10% of the internet on a MySQL for example.
It’s a hole different concept than building an application, it’s all about building a structure to comply with lantecy/HA issues and indexed storage for performance.

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