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Google Hotel Finder (experiment)

August 10, 2011 · Leave a Comment

GoogleGoogle Hotel Finder quietly launched an experimental web site named Hotel Finder. Well not too quietly as I’ve seen more than a few mentions of it online. Just like all of Google’s offerings it has sparse design, offers a few unique tricks and is (for the most part) lightening fast. So if it walks like Google, quacks like Google and smells like Google, then it must be a duck, right? Creating Hotel Finder may have been duck soup for Google (so why didn’t they do it sooner), I think Hotel Finder is pretty much a dead duck (I promise no more duck jokes for the rest of this article).

Google’s new Hotel Finder is “the Google way” to quickly find hotel deals. Like you would expect from Google, it simply works. It being Google, I had expected more. Shamefully there isn’t. Just like with their other new offering Google+, they had plenty of products to copy from and Hotel Finder even more so, looks like a “me too” product.

The lackluster name of the product aside, Google gives us four ways to “find the perfect hotel” (see image on the left). It wouldn’t be Google if they hadn’t improved on the way you can search for a hotel and I must admit this rocks! After you type in the city you want to stay in and your dates you are presented with a map that shows a polygon representing where the search effort was centered. The beauty of it is that you can adjust the shape of the polygon and even add more. This makes searches like “I could stay in uptown or in east but want to avoid downtown” a snap. This would normally take multiple searches, but not with Google because I can lay multiple shapes on the map. Well done! (more…)

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June 28, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Someone is selling a set of silver plated dessert spoons (ca. 1945), on AuctionDeals.com there is a postcard for sale and someone posted a cell phone video of Miss Memphis 2011 on YouTube. Oh, and five women, all being charged with disorderly conduct,  got kicked out of the lobby, where legend has it the Mississippi Delta begins. Neither management nor Memphis Police are clear what started the altercation.

Go on, ask me what on earth I am talking about!

All these are nuggets I found using Google Alerts. All of them are about the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. I love the Peabody Hotel and especially their ducks, but that is a different story.

Peabody

The grand hotel of the South

I couldn’t have found all these interesting tidbits if I just followed the Peabody’s official channels. I am sure that management was aware that Miss Memphis was visiting, or that the hotel is currently hiring new staff (no really, they are)… But I don’t think I would have found a press release about five women being arrested on their Facebook or Twitter page (and to be fair, they probably just had a bit too much to drink, happens to the best of us). That is the beauty of Google Alerts, it shows me not only what you want me to see, but also everything people write about you. Can you see where this going? This is reputation management for cheap! (more…)

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