Google Enables Buying On Base
A handful of sellers have been granted the ability to sell items on Google Base to other users with a Google Account and a credit card.
The same mechanism that lets users buy content at Google Video will also permit them to buy items in a secure fashion online from Google Base sellers. Those sellers get the benefit of transaction processing integrated with the item management features of Base.
Google has demonstrated a more mature, dare we say Microsoft-like, approach to rolling out new services. After the misadventure with the debut of the free version of Google Analytics, the company has shown a willingness to more tightly manage their beta releases.
They confirmed in a statement yesterday that the launch of Google Page Creator, a browser-based web site creation service, was only going to accept a certain number of users before closing to new registrants.
That confirmation came after the service opened, then abruptly closed a few hours later. With the announcement of Google Base and the selling process, they have proactively stated the limits to new sellers signing up for the service. It’s a sensible action to minimize disappointment and misunderstandings about the move.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.