Google Pushes Hotpot Activity To Maps’ Home Page

google hotpot logoHere’s a sign of how intent Google is on increasing adoption of Hotpot, its local recommendations engine: Hotpot activity from your friends has been added to the Google Maps home page.

If you’re logged in to your Google account, you’ll see recent activity from your Hotpot friends in the left-side window.


(Aside: Clearly, my Hotpot friends aren’t all that active.)

Hotpot friends’ activity also appears, when appropriate, in the Google Places search results on Today’s announcement says the Maps integration is in beta and to expect more development.

That left-side window on the Google Maps home page has been pretty empty over the years, so adding Hotpot activity seems like a logical fit.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Maps & Local | Top News


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  • mark rushworth

    thats awesome. ive never heard of hotspot before. lucky for me im working through several google places account creations at the moment so as well as using ill give this a try.

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