Traffic Levels Off At Google's Supposed eBay Killer

The number of visitors to Google Base, Google's online classifieds marketplace, has already started to level off just a few months since the feature was introduced, says an Internet traffic monitoring concern. In a report issued April 4, HitWise said the amount of Internet traffic to Google Base was nearly

The number of visitors to Google Base, Google's online classifieds marketplace, has already started to level off just a few months since the feature was introduced, says an Internet traffic monitoring concern.

In a report issued April 4, HitWise said the amount of Internet traffic to Google Base was nearly the same in January as it was in February. Overall, Google Base visitors represent a scant 0.00017 percent of all Internet wanderers.

These numbers have to be disapppointing for Google, which launched Google Base in Novermber and had to be hoping for a much brisker start.

But the HitWise findings are welcome news to online auctioneer eBay, plus Craiglist and other classified listings services that Google Base competes with.