Google Unveils Hotpot

November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Google’s new place search engine is called Hotpot, and it’s a p2p way of searching for local places that are rated by real people and friends.

I think this is an awesome alternative to sites like yelp because it shows all the local places automatically—you don’t have to specifically search for a restaurant. It’ll be especially helpful for people going on trips who don’t know where to eat or what museums to avoid.

Google is also trying to push the social networking aspect of this site by allowing users to create usernames and making recommendations based on what a user’s friends like.

According to Mashable,

“Not only has Google beaten Facebook to the punch with its early release of a Places recommendation engine, it’s also giving businesses even more reason to set up Places pages and start thinking about their location-based advertising on Google. After all, more consumers will start their local business searches on Google than just about anywhere else.”

 

-Klara

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