Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rumored to be working on an addition to Google+ that would allow Google+ users to keep track of their personal belongings, write reviews on recently purchased items, and share stuff with friends.
The service, called Google Mine, is meant to help users share real-world items like bikes, clothes, shoes, or even cars. Users will be able to categorize items based on how long they are available for borrowing, or if the item is being given away. The app will also include a wish list function so your friends can see stuff you would like to borrow and vice versa.
One of the more exciting features of Google Mine would be a 3D viewer code-named Katamari that will display the objects using WebGL. The app would also allow for endless ways to list, categorize, and share your stuff. Users can give objects a number of different statuses, including “lent,” “given away,” “stolen,” or “had it in the past” while including reviews and videos about the objects. There will even be an option to sell stuff on Google Shopping, which could possibly give Craigslist a run for its money if Google Mine takes off.
The report comes out of an unofficial blog that tracks changes in Google’s operating system. The site claims that the service is being tested internally at Google and will be available both online and through an Android app. The report also points out that the Google Mine idea is very similar to an app located in Bazaar, Google’s internal Play Store for Android employees.
If the Google Mine app turns out to be more than just a rumor, it could become popular among people looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint by sharing and borrowing stuff that they would otherwise have had to purchase or throw away.
Google has not yet commented on the rumored Google Mine. Even if such a product is in testing, it is possible it could never be released.
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