Google marries Profiles and Places with new recommendation service, HotPot

Google marries Profiles and Places with new recommendation service, HotPot

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Google on Monday unveiled a new service called Hotpot which marries Google Places with Google Profiles to try to provide more accurate recommendations when searching for physical destinations such as local restaurants and businesses.

Google HotPot

Users of the new service are encouraged to use their Google Profile to rate and review businesses they’ve had experience with. These reviews then serve two main purposes: to strengthen the database of Google Places reviews, and to build a profile of what the user likes and dislikes to help Google learn what to suggest to him in the future.

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November 17, 2010

Google Instant Preview: making linked pages visible improves search

Google Instant Preview: making linked pages visible improves search

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Google on Tuesday announced yet another upgrade to its search results pages intended to provide more information so that users don’t haphazardly click away: Instant Previews. These previews are as simple as a small magnifying glass icon next to a search result, which users can click upon to see a visual snapshot of the linked site. These snapshots may also include search terms highlighted in orange where they appear in the resulting page. That’s about it.

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November 9, 2010

Bing will use your Facebook friends to personalize search results


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Microsoft and Facebook Wednesday unveiled some new search tools for Bing which integrate data from a user’s circle of friends into Bing’s search results.

In the Bing blog on Wednesday, Microsoft Senior Vice President of online services Satya Nadella said 50% of users consider their friends’ opinions when making a decision online. Bing is trying to capitalize on this by incorporating the “likes” of a user’s friend list into search results.

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October 14, 2010