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11/16/2005
  Google Base == Spam Fiasco

Day one of Google Base.

Try a search in Google base, such as [ipod] or [nokia]. It's pretty much all spam. They can safely delete everything that's been posted today... all of the free iPod offers, all of the eBay links, all of the Amazon affliate links. It's amazing how fast people work these days.

Even the recipes are spam.

Look at this page. Check out what happens after product 15 or so, there are about 35 duplicates of some Nokia wireless plan, same product, one for every location that the store has. Depressingly bad - no elimination or clustering of duplicates.

Of course I'm just mad because it lost my upload of my own spam...

And it doesn't give you that much confidence when, after you press "Upload and process this file", the message appears "Check back in an hour to see if your file was processed correctly"! Like they know that's there's a good chance that it won't be...

While I'm ranting, doesn't Google have enough experience to know that labelling a button "Upload and process this file" is just a waste of space. Isn't "Upload" perfectly concise? At least you know they're not spending the money on frivolous usability gurus or usability panel testing.

 


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