Google may be preparing to launch a new service called Google Mine, according to Google Operating System, an unofficial blog that keeps a close eye on all things related to the company. For now the service, which seems to promote the sharing of physical objects through the Google+ network, is being tested internally.
Users will theoretically be able to give away objects or offer them to friends on loan, but there’s no mention of buying, trading or bartering. You’ll also be able to add photos and videos of your objects and set up a wish list so your more generous Google+ friends can buy you gifts. Google Operating System also claims that the company is developing a similar app for Android called Bazaar.
The idea of Google Mine is nothing new to an Internet crowded with massively popular online marketplaces like Craigslist and plenty of startups, so the thought that Google plans to launch this kind of service seems odd, unless there’s an ability to really differentiate. While it might help add more personal user information for the company’s massive data reserves, it just doesn’t fit in with the company’s stable of strictly-online services.