Google integrates Hotpot

3 02 2011
  • Google’s HotPot is now integrated with regular search results if you’re a Hotpot user. “From Google Small Business by Deanna: Back in November, we introduced Hotpot, a new local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends. Using Hotpot is simple: you rate places on google.com/hotpot—restaurants, hotels, cafes—and add friends on Hotpot whose opinions you trust. Then the next time you perform a search, Google will serve up personalized results, listing places based on your tastes, as well as recommendations from your friends.”
  • I came across an interesting point in regards to recent stories of Bing copying Google’s results. If it’s true, it means by optimizing for Google, we’re essentially getting free optimization with Bing.
  • On the same subject, this sums up the Google/Bing feud pretty well;

“It all started with a post from Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land, which evoked a fairly immediate response in the simple line of “We do not copy Google’s results,” quoted over at ZDNet. Now Google is bringing the battle to their home turf with a full blog post on the topic — all designed to substantiate the claim.

Amit Singhal, the Google Fellow who’s backing up the accusations, runs us through the entire story. It starts with the term “tarsorrhaphy,” a surgical procedure that almost no one knows about — and that Google was the first to find the common misspellings for. While Google queries for the misspelled word returned the typical smug“didn’t you mean” suggestion, Bing seemed to be lifting the top Google result without bothering to give the corrected spelling.

However, this was just the start. Google reps started looking at the query results from Bing, focusing on both common and bizarre terms to get a sense of the field. The definite trend was that the top Google result, even when it was “something [Google] would consider mistakes of our algorithms,” was displayed as the top Bing result.

To be certain, Google did what any good corporation would do — they created completely fake terms and loaded the top result with a site that was irrelevant to the imaginary keyword. Once again, Bing showed the top, and intentionally unrelated, Google result. Busted, Bing. Busted.” Source.
  • And in Smartphone news:

After a long struggle for position in these markets, Google has now made it to the top of the mountain, earning the title of “Top Smartphone OS.”

It should be noted that it’s not just the Google Android platform being counted, but OMS and Tapas variations as well. Even with that tallied in, the figures are astonishing. Back in the fourth quarter of 2009, on a global scale Google found themselves at a lowly 8.7% — a far cry away from Nokia’s 44.4%. However, a growth rate that surpassed 600% allowed the Android platform to take the scene in a blaze of glory, pushing Nokia down to 30.6% — a noticeable distance below Google’s 32.9%.

In this same global market, Apple has seen substantial growth, and an 85% growth rate is certainly nothing to sneeze at. However, this still puts them at less than half of Google’s share

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