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June 21, 2013

Google Mine

Google prepares a new service that's called Google Mine. It's integrated with Google+ and it's a way to keep track of the items you own or you'd like to have and share some of them with your circles. Right now, the service is tested internally at Google.

"Google Mine lets you share your belongings with your friends and keep up to date with what your friends are sharing. It enables you to control which of your Google+ Circles you share an item with. It also lets you rate and review the items, upload photos of them and share updates on the Google+ Stream where your friends get to see and comment on them."

Google Mine lets you organize the things you own, use, wish for, and more: gadgets, clothing, electronics, DVDs, cars, bikes or anything!

It also enables social interactions around them with your Circles using Google+:

* Catalog your belongings, track what you have
* Review your belongings for your friends to see
* Control who sees what, track conversations
* Send requests to borrow or try out friends' stuff
* Share stuff you wish for, get recommendations
* Share stuff you are giving away, find takers
* Follow, browse, search stuff that friends share

There's also an Android app, currently available in Bazaar, Google's internal Play Store.

Here are some messages used by Google Mine. As you can see, the service lets you enter a lot of information about your objects. For example, you can change the status of an object to "lent", "given away", "got it back", "lost it", "had in the past". You can post videos about the object, write reviews, add it to a wishlist and maybe others can buy it using Google Shopping. You can also check popular items and the items others have shared.

After adding an object, Google shows this message: "You have just started using Google Mine and have added some items to your collections. Now, you can let your friends know by posting to your Google+ Stream."

You can ask other people to send you their objects: "You are starting a request for an item. Google Mine will enable you to communicate on this request with the receiver by creating a post to your Google+ Stream, visible only to you and the receiver."

You can also:

* Search for stuff people have shared on Mine.
* See instant matches for your stuff, and the people in your circles.
* Use What's Hot to follow what others are sharing.
* Organize and share your stuff as lists.

Another cool feature: a 3D viewer called Katamari that uses WebGL to shows your objects.

Some icons used by Google Mine:

{ Thanks, Florian K. }

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