PC Pro: News: Google to launch eBay competitor?
The first effect of all this, of course, is to make structured microcontent and microformats much more widely known and talked about. Then it's gonna associate them with making money.
Might this be the step too far in the web 2.0 bubble? Will everyone think that structured metadata will create a bigger market than eBay? Or that if they only add a couple of tags to their classified it will sell faster and for more money?
OTOH, what's to stop eBay adding some XML templates and competing head on?
Or maybe if Google really go for this, eBay gets into bed with another search-engine - Yahoo or Microsoft - to build a searchable XMLified market?