Google Mine: a way for Google+ users to share what they own

by: Kyle WiggersJune 21, 2013


Do you like to inventory with alacrity? Have you ever wanted to categorize not only your every belonging, but compose a history and wish list of your property, too? Well, Google apparently thinks so, because the company is internally testing a new component of Google+ called Google Mine, a service which allows users of the venerable social network share what they own with friends and the public.

Specifically, the new Google Mine service integrates with Google+ to enable the posting of items, the rating and reviewing of items, the uploading of item pictures and videos, and the sharing of the items to Google+ Streams. Users can also request items from other people, indicate the status of a particular object (i.e. “lent,” “given away,” “got it back,” “lost it,” “had it in the past”), and view 3D models of items.

Here’s a full list of features:

  • 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
  • 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.

Google Mine, with its item-centered note taking and social sharing functionality, sort of sounds like a cross between Evernote and Craigslist. For Google users, it’ll certainly make borrowing and proffering items easier, and perhaps even selling and bartering if Google Shopping is integrated at some point.

Right now, Google Mine is available as a web and Android app to Google employees. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the new service soon.

  • freedomspopular

    Integrate it with Play and allow people to share apps/books/music etc.

  • lollicup04

    Sounds like a way to gather even more information about a person. Did everyone forget about the NSA and Prism already?

  • Siralf

    A thieve could just choose what he is looking for, know where you are so he wont be bothered and probably flirt with your girlfriend via facebook all at the same time.

  • Wolfe

    I don’t know about elsewhere in the world, but in Australia posting about your ownership of an item on social media can be grounds for your insurance company to refuse to recognise your claim if the item then gets stolen.

  • Ron

    Frankly, this feature would catch up if Facebook adds a service like this on their network.

  • VoidIndigo

    You forgot the most important “feature”: Browse other people’s stuff to decide what you’re going to steal today.