Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

Summary: When it comes to anything from the best margarita to an honest mechanic, you tend to lean on friends for a recommendation. But when you're in a different neighborhood or different town, it's not so easy.

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When it comes to anything from the best margarita to an honest mechanic, you tend to lean on friends for a recommendation. But when you're in a different neighborhood or different town, it's not so easy.

Within Google Maps for mobile, there's a feature called Hotpot for Places that allows users to find ratings for nearby businesses - remember, it's a mobile app so it's tied to where you are at any given moment. But, in a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma, the company also needs you to rank these businesses with ratings of your own.

After all, who's going to rely on a ratings system for businesses when no one has actually rated it yet?

The company previously unveiled the features for the Android platform and said today that it is now rolling it out for the iPhone version of the app. Through the feature, users - who can have Hotpot profiles that can be shared (or not) in the Google ecosystem - can rate the businesses and offering some thoughts on the experience with that business. From the Google blog post:

It can be pretty rewarding to discover a new place you love, but we also realize that there are some experiences you just can’t wait to share. So Places makes it super simple to rate a place with your iPhone while you’re there. Just fire up the app and hit “Rate now.” It will use your location to guess your current place and let you post a Hotpot review right from your phone. But it’s not just about getting to say what you think—the more you rate places, the more you’re sharing about your tastes and the more we can give you personally tailored recommendations.

If you're the type who rates and ranks every place you visit, this could make the sharing of that information that much easier. If you're the type who only likes to visit places that come highly recommended, this also may be the service for you.

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

    Very exciting option for us and being a professional SEO provider we all know how important Google Places has become for local search visibility. <br><br>Thanks for the article.<br>JohnD<br>Profitworx.com
    seo-consultant
    • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

      @seo-consultant
      wow way to spam the site bro!
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

        @Hasam1991

        I wouldn't call my signature spam.
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  • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

    I remember when this service was called Yelp or TripAdvisor. Another great idea copied by Google and its office toy playing employees.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

      @Loverock Davidson
      And too bad they mess up the good stuff like Google News, the new site design still makes me puke! it makes no sense...
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

        @Hasam1991
        I agree! I used to go to my Google News page EVERY morning to "clue In"! They managed to screw that up royally. I use OpenDNS and block ALL TRAFFIC to Google Analytics. Nuff said!
        ncironman
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  • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

    Well considering most people think that Lean Cuisine frozen meals are delicious and nutricious...I would not trust this app...
    Hasam1991
  • RE: Google Places expands mobile ranking feature

    I have to admit I am a ratings addict, which is one of the reasons I buy everything online. If a product isn't rated or rated poorly, I don't but it. Now we will have the same options for judging local businesses. I disagree with the commenter who says it is just like yelp or tripadvisor. It is not like yelp because its not about the social check in, and it is not like trip advisor because it is location based. Very cool.
    coldenburg