Google continues to update and improve its Hotpot offering and it almost feels like they are looking to do it under the radar. Of course, I have talked about how Google couldn’t market their way out of a wet paper bag (unless you live in Portland, OR) so why this is surprises me makes no sense.
At any rate Google has now integrated the ability to update your Twitter account when you review a location in Hotpot or Google Latitude on an Android device. The Google Hotpot blog (or LatLong blog or Mobile blog – talk about duplicate content!) reports
Whether it’s Google Places with Hotpot or Google Latitude, we’re working on helping you connect the people you care about with places you love. Now, when you’re rating your dinner spot using Google Maps for Android, you can share your review with even more people by posting it to Twitter.
When you rate and review places like restaurants or cafes from Google Places, you can share valuable recommendations with your Hotpot friends and across Google’s products – in search results, on google.com/hotpot, and on Place pages. But we wanted you to be able to share your recommendations even more broadly. So today, you can start sharing your ratings and reviews with your followers on Twitter directly from your Android-powered device.
This may fall into the category of “It’s about time” but Google has it’s own way of doing things and honestly, we mere mortals are not allowed to question it. Here is what a tweet will look like that tells everyone whether your experience is a winner or a loser.
One thing I do like about the Hotpot is the simple interface.
In addition, Google has made changes to its Latitude service by giving users the ability to ‘ping’ a friend to ask them to check in. So now you can give reviews for your friends and virtually pester them as well.
There are plusses and minuses to all of this isn’t there?