Google Base: I appreciate that they’re giving people the chance to structure their information and their searches. However, its utility seems limited by the number of people who believe in it enough to post their … whatever. I suppose most of the Web 2.0 tools are limited by the number of “believers” who want to invest their effort in the project in the first place.
I suppose we could add recipes from rare books, or images from the Digtal Archives, or our mind-blowing events and activities that we want all the world to find out about — but I have this concern about little return on investment. Should we just put our stuff out there, wherever “there” is? Or do focus our efforts more?
Google Labs: Not much interested me there, but I tried Google Sets. This seems like a toy that will predict other members of a set for which you provide a few initial members. I tried signers of the U.S. Constitution: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Gouverneur Morris. In its predictions, it missed several and included several that were clearly not there (Warren G. Harding, George H. W. Bush, Ulysses S Grant, etc.).