Another quick thought about Google Base. It’s good that they support RSS and Atom as transfer formats but with Google specific extensions that are category specific. Which means knowing about their categories in my system and storing, retrieving and formatting the data specific to them for each category. This is going to be a form of category imperialism where we our systems will have to be designed round their category data elements.

And FTPing a bulk file is a pretty old fashioned API. Why can’t they just subscribe to my RSS?

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