Feb 4, 2011 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Google's recommendation feature the Hotpot is finally available in regular Google search results. To top it off, you can share your recommendations with all your friends worldwide and vice versa. Hotpot is available in 38 new languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and more. This means people can also share their recommendations in their native language.

The Hotpot is run by you and your friends. You add friends whose opinion you trust and rate places like cafes, restaurants or hotels etc., on google.com/hotpot. After that, your search results will be listed based on the ratings you and your friends have given to the places. Hence, giving a personalized search result. Check out the Hotpot video promo here.

“Seeing place recommendations based on your tastes and those of your friends across more Google searches will make results more relevant to you and maybe lead you to discover a new gem. If you don’t have Hotpot friends yet, you can invite them to share all the places they love with you by using the “Friends” tab on google.com/hotpot.”

Here is an example of how to check it out in your regular Google search result. With your Google account logged in, let's do a search on cafes in London; go to Google and search (cafes London). In the results list, you might see ratings by your friends and their comments, if they have rated, with their names and pictures just below the cafes listing. You can also see the recommendations by your friends by clicking “Places” on the left side of the page and then choose the “Friends only” option.

You can also find Hotpot at google.com/hotpot, on Google Maps, using Google Maps for Android, and on a new iPhone app too. So log in and rate away, right away.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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