According to the report, the service would operate much like Google's current specialized search results for things like flights and car insurance quotes by presenting users with an easy way to schedule appointments with local handymen through its search listings.
Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reports:
Google is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, according to two people familiar with the matter.
One of the people familiar with the matter said service providers would be able to upload their schedules to Google, where searchers could sign up for an appointment.
One hitch for the rumored service, however, would be getting local service providers on board. Unlike airlines and car insurance companies — which tend to have a large, nation-wide footprint — electricians, plumbers, and other home-service providers usually operate over a much smaller, regional space. The challenge, then, would be getting enough of these providers to sign up for the service to make it truly useful on a wide-ranging basis.
In any event, The Wall Street Journal notes that Google is expected to announce the service at its advertiser summit in May. If true, we could hear much more very soon.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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