Offliners, Introducing Local Google HotPot! Yikes!

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Hey all,

Doing some afternoon reading and what do I come across....very very interesting to say the least.

Hotpot Help

IMO Google creates major "scamming/spamming" opportunities and disasters for themselves when they begin putting not only emphasis, but actual ranking weight to user-generated content. I am truly hoping this is just more Google "dazzle" than anything though and this won't have anything to do with ANY type of extra "boost" in the future...:confused:.

I am still reading and trying to figure out exactly how this is different than just Places reviews and such....

What do you guys think?

- Jim
#google #hotpot #introducing #local #offliners #yikes
  • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
    Looks like they're trying to get in on what Yelp etc. are doing.

    Just my thoughts - I didn't go very far in it, but as soon as I started it asked me to review restaurants etc., and that's what Yelp does.

    Amber
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  • Profile picture of the author Trivum
    Well, Google is getting fairly good at tracking spammers who use their own properties. And pretty much Google's WHOLE search philosophy is based on the idea of leveraging what the community is saying about this or that (via links). So all that makes sense.

    The problem is that whenever Google tries to do something like this, it fails. Google is not very good at content or creating tools that users want to interact with on long-term, personal basis. They are much better at letting people and companies who aren't robots (like Google) do that, and then figuring out how to systematize what that company has done in a way that makes sense for Google.

    If history is any indication, Hotpot will be a giant failure. Google needs to simply keep buying YouTubes if they want to get into the social interaction game.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    It appears Google is abandoning every one but the user, not a good move. Google would not be anything without content to serve its users.

    What would happen if every one changed their robots.txt file to block the G? lol Wishful I know! But there is not a darn thing Google could do about it.
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    • Hey Rus

      Now that's FUNNY...LOL

      They would need a "change of diapers"

      regards

      Bronwyn and Keith
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      It appears Google is abandoning every one but the user, not a good move. Google would not be anything without content to serve its users.

      What would happen if every one changed their robots.txt file to block the G? lol Wishful I know! But there is not a darn thing Google could do about it.
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