Google is reportedly developing a new feature that allows users to catalogue items they like and share it with friends in their circles on Google . Dubbed as Google Mine, the feature is expected to allow users to rate and review items, upload their pics and share updates with friends in their Circles. Users would have control on what they want to share and with whom.
Google Operating System, a blog that monitors the search giant, has published a screenshot of the new service that states: "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."
It further says Google Mine enables users to sort things they own, use, wish for, and more including gadgets, clothing, electronics, DVDs, cars, bikes or anything! For greater interaction, the feature helps send requests to borrow or try out friends' stuff, share stuff users wish for and seek recommendations. They can also follow, browse and search stuff that friends share.
The blog has also spotted an Android version of the feature, dubbed as Google Mine for Android.
“...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,” says the blog.
Some icons used by Google Mine
Google's rumoured Mine service seems to be highly inspired by popular online marketplaces such as Craigslist, though with much more 'sharing' and 'social networking' tools.