It was back in November 2010 when Google introduced Hotpot. Google Hotpot was a recommendation engine in Google Places, which made it easier for people to search for new places based on the fact that whether that place had been recommended or not. Google described the experience as: “Rate and review the places you know, add friends whose opinions you trust and we serve you up personalized recommendations based on those tastes.” However now Google has discontinued the Google Hotpot product name and has rolled the service into Google Places on the web and in Google mobile apps.
Lior Ron, Google Hotpot (Places!) Product Manager writes:
Though the name Hotpot may be going away, you can expect even more “Hotpotness” in Google Places. We have big plans to continue adding more features to Google Places that make it even easier to rate, discover and share the places you love whenever you’re using Google.
And this is how he explains this decision:
Rolling Hotpot into Google Places helps simplify the connection between the places that are rated and reviewed and the more than 50 million places that already have an online presence through Google Places — places that millions of people search for and find every day on Google
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