Google is playing the classic “if you can’t buy’em, join’em” game with its new Offers service.
The service is being rolled out Portland, OR (no surprise there), Oakland / East Bay, San Francisco as well as offering NYC Uptown, Midtown and Downtown editions. It’s not a whole lot different than any other offer/coupon/deal site in that there will be daily e-mails with discounts for 24 hour periods etc, etc. You can subscribe here if you happen to be in one of those areas.
So we can keep things light let’s just watch Google’s video about the service (which is more advertising than information but who’s counting?).
Will Google be able to tie together Offers, Places and the ‘formerly known as Hotpot’ recommendation engine to put a damper on Groupon’s rumored $25 billion coming out party (code phrase for IPO)? Too early to tell but I suspect they would love to.
Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter.