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Google Hotpot brings place recommendations to Google search

Launched back in November of 2010, Google Hotpot hasn't gotten a lot of attention so far. That could be about to change, however, with the addition of Hotpot recommendations to Google Search results. If you're searching for something Hotpot-friendly like sushi restaurants in your city, Google will show user reviews inline. You can also click on the Places link below Everything to limit Hotpot ...

Bump for iOS now shares app recommendations

Bump for iOS has reached version 2.4, and it now supports easy swapping of app recommendations with just a tap (or 'bump'). A couple of months ago, the app added easy user-to-user music sharing to its features, and now, with app recommendations built-in, there's little information that you can't share with your friends via (a) Bump. Apparently, adding app recommendations has been the biggest fe...

TweeSP generates an Amazon Christmas gift list for any Twitter user

Don't know what to get your favorite Twitter-using friend for Christmas this year? TweeSP may be able to help. It's a site that reads any user's recent tweets and uses them to make some guesses at a gift list of a dozen or so items, using data from Amazon.com. The TweeSP site doesn't reveal the algorithm behind the lists, just chalks it up to magic and meditation. How accurate is TweeSp? Well,...

Google launches Hotpot for social place recommendations

Google Hotpot is new a social place recommendation engine built on Google's existing Place pages. Up until now, Places have been rated and reviewed based on outside sources like Yelp, but Hotpot lets users rate local establishments using their Google Profiles. After you've entered a few ratings, Hotpot will use your tastes to recommend other places you might like, sort of like a Netflix for resta...

GetGlue is a slick, useful media check-in and recommendation engine

With all of the social networking and "check-in" services that are available these days, you might think you've seen it all. But there's one currently untapped, check-in-able experience left and that's media. GetGlue, a free app by AdaptiveBlue, thinks it has that niche covered, and in essence, it's like Foursquare for media. The idea is that every time you watch a TV show or movie, listen to mus...

Readness is a slick new article recommendation engine, a la Last.fm

TheNextWeb likens Readness to Last.fm, and I have to agree that it's an apt comparison. This new article recommendation service tracks what you read (and what your friends read, if you choose to connect with them) and generates suggestions for online reading material that you shouldn't miss. Basically, Readness scrobbles news articles the way that Last.fm scrobbles songs. To use Readness, you...

Google Reader now sorts your feeds "by magic"

Google has made a couple of big improvements to Google Reader, aimed at helping you easily sift through all those RSS feeds to get to the stories you'll find most relevant. One set of new features focuses on finding relevant content that you weren't already aware of, and another feature sorts the stuff you're already subscribed to. In the sidebar, you'll notice a new "recommended sources" list. ...

SimilarSites is not just for Firefox anymore

A few months ago, Brad wrote about a Firefox plugin called SimilarWeb that shows a sidebar full of sites related to the one you're currently looking at. SimilarWeb is still around, but now anybody can use a non-plugin version called SimilarSites. Instead of installing anything, you just type in the URL of a site you're interested in and get recommendations. The add-on might look cooler, but the ...

AlternativeTo offers social software recommendations

We've looked at some ways to find software alternatives in the past - like Openwith.Org and Wakoopa. Social site Alternative.To offers yet another way to see what apps other users recommend. Categories for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web-based applications are listed. On each platform page, there are tabbed listings for recent additions, most viewed, and most liked software (I'll skip "OMG FAIL", s...

Twitter's "Follow Friday" gets its own website

"Follow Friday" has become one of the most popular social conventions on Twitter. Users post the usernames of some people they want to recommend for their friends to follow, along with the #followfriday hashtag. It's a good way to find some new people to follow who might be relevant to your interests or part of your wider social circle. Now, some Twitter users have collected data from #followfrida...

SuggestRSS knows which blogs you should be reading

There's so much good content on the web that even RSS power-users can feel like they're missing something. If you're looking for something fresh to read, you might want to give SuggestRSS a try. It analyzes your feeds and makes recommendations based on data from the hundreds of other people in its database, along with an estimate of the chance that you'll like each suggestion. SuggestRSS uses a t...

Get a little help from your friends with GigPark

A few years ago a ton of sites started popping up for you to review local businesses and services in your area. The idea behind the sites such as JudysBook was that reviews were written by average everyday people like you, therefore they could be trusted more than a review you read on another site. Sites allowed you to create a profile, upload a picture, and invite all your friends to join as well...

Persai recommendation engine launches private beta

The folks behind snarky tech news/satire blog Uncov have decided to stop mocking startups and launch their own. Persai is a cross between a search engine and well, we're not really sure what else. Social bookmarking/discovery services like StumbleUpon, we suppose. But without the social aspect. Here's how it works. You enter a couple of keywords for things you're interested in and Persai will se...

Recommendations get friendlier with TrustedOpinion

Recommendations from friends goes a long way. If a friend suggests a restaurant, chances are you are going to go there. Recommendations have moved onto the web in social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook, and now with TrustedOpinion. TrustedOpinion uses close social sources as a way to rank the trustworthiness of item in question. It is yet another social network that you have to sign up for. So...

Get community recommendations at TrustedPlaces

Sometimes when in a new city, or even in your own city, you get stuck on where to go. It might be a gamble to try a new place without getting recommendations from people who have been there. Maybe these new places don't have a website, or none of your gang has even heard about them. TrustedPlaces helps gather opinions from a community of real people. Each recommending places they have experienced...