Soon, it just might be. Google Operating System’s Alex ChituÂ reports, (as reported by TechCrunch earlier today), that Google is currently cooking up an app entitled Google Mine, expected to help you share real-world items, such as CD’s, cars, bikes, gadgets or clothes, with your friends. Google Mine is apparently going to be closely integrated with Google+, currently in beta testing.
“According to Chitu, the service also allows you to catalog your belongings, review them (which could be cool for purchases) and send requests to borrow stuff from friends. There also seems to be something akin to a wish list and a feature that will allow you to share a list of items you donâ€™t want to share but just want to give away. All of this sharing, of course, happens on Google+.
The service, the report says, is available on the web and through an Android app. The app also supposedly includes a 3D viewer thatâ€™ll show you your objects, though itâ€™s not clear how you would get these models into the app.
Google is obviously not the only company interested in this kind of real-world tracking.Â Mine, a startup thatÂ launched last DecemberÂ and that probably doesnâ€™t have the exact same name by coincidence, is also working on giving its users the ability to track the things they own, but with a focus on what theyâ€™ve bought online. This service, though, seems to be more focused on e-commerce than on the sharing economy.”
We have contacted Google for a response and will update this post once we hear more (though chances are, the answer will be some variation of â€śwe donâ€™t comment on rumorsâ€ť).
Update: Google has responded: â€śWe are always experimenting with new features to help improve peopleâ€™s online experience, but have nothing specific to share at this time.â€ť