Google’s just announced a potentially significant update to its Google Base product, by releasing a data API for it. This essentially means Google is opening up Google Base, their database of structured content and home for many different verticals currently (jobs, vehicles, classified). The official blog post states:
“We’re excited to announce the availability of the Google
Base data API, which lets you write applications that dynamically interact
with Google Base.
You can insert, edit, or delete items programmatically, complementing existing
input means like the Google Base front-end or the bulk
upload mechanism. You can also query other users’ published content and
access their items via the API. This enables you to create domain-specific
search applications (or mash-ups) combining Google Base content with other
I just published an excellent overview of Web APIs by Alex Iskold and he said that the new Google Base API competes with Amazon S3 – but is more powerful.