I know I’m a little late to comment on the Google Base story, but I spent all day moving home, which kept me a little out of the loop.
That being said, it’s amazing the information you can browse from your Blackberry.
It’s scary to think of how the internet will look in a few years, thanks to Google. While there is no doubt that Google’s plans to introduce low-cost or free services, is appealing to many, you can’t help but think that the quality will suffer.
Google Base is a good example. If indeed the new service becomes a free alternative to eBay, and eBay loses market share, where will the innovation come from? There are many instances where I could use a free service for my needs, yet the adage, “you get what you pay for” is always so true.
While Google continues its quest to offer multiple services that purportedly enhance millions of lives, I can’t help but notice that, so far, none of these free services can hold a candle to the already established dollar-driven leaders. While free is always welcomed, I fear a future internet where Google has driven out competition and with it, innovation.
Welcome to the world of “free” in beta for the next umpteen years.