Sunday, December 05, 2004

Google Reviews?

Gary Price reports that Google recently registered a few new domains, including

As Nathan Weinberg points out, there isn't really a Google Reviews product out there yet. Closest to it is the merchant reviews spidered into Froogle.

I'm curious to see if Google will be releasing a review service that is more of a competitor with Epinions, CitySearch, Zagat, and's customer reviews. What would this look like?

One version of this could be a combination of product reviews spidered from the web and reviews entered by Google users. I imagine these product reviews would be integrated into Froogle, supplementing the store reviews. Currently, Froogle is a price comparison engine, helping users find a specific product at a low price. With product reviews, Froogle gives users the information they need to differentiate between products, helping them find the right product at the right price. It's a much more useful service.

Or perhaps we'll see small business merchant reviews integrated into Google Local, as Yahoo Local already has done. Currently, Google Local is essentially the Yellow Pages, helping users find a local merchant. With merchant reviews, Google Local would help users differentiate between merchants and find the right merchant for the task. Another much more useful service.

I'd expect to see both of these from Google soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks like there are citysearch reviews on google but when I tried writing my own it hasn't showed up.