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Historical AboutOriginal "about" description by Google:
Google Base is a place where you can easily submit all types of online and offline content, which we'll make searchable on Google (if your content isn't online yet, we'll put it there). You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they do related searches. In fact, based on your items' relevance, users may find them in their results for searches on Froogle, Google Maps and even our main Google web search.
Old "about" link: http://www.google.com/base/help/about.html?hl=en_US
- now redirects to an anti-robot page before going to a 404 page
Use As Microformats Research
Google Base had a number of schemas for structuring website data which were used as part of research in to existing formats towards the development of new microformats per the microformats process:
Google Base items in general including:
- Course schedules
- News and articles
- People profiles
- Research studies and publications
- 2005-11-15 Google Official Blog: First Base (launch announcement)
- 2005-11-15 TechCrunch: Google Base Launched. Yuck.
- 2005-11-16 michael parekh: ON WHY GOOGLE BASE IS A REALLY BIG DEAL
- 2005-11-16 ZDNet: Will Google Base be the world's largest XML database?
- 2005-11-20 ReadWriteWeb: Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 14-20 Nov 2005: Google Base - the good, the bad and the ugly
- 2011-04-05 ReadWriteWeb: Whatever Happened To... Google Base