Google has just launched a new service called Hotpot.  It really is an extension of an existing service, Google Places, but adds some nice features.

What Google has done is made the whole review, rating, and recommendation service much easier and more fun to use.  Google Places is on one of the first areas searchers see when looking for local products and services, so this new service can really help out small businesses.  See the intro video below:

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cded7YNvu3M

 

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