This weekend Google launched a pet project dubbed as Hotel Finder. The new service allows users to find a list of hotels in top cities in America. This project was invented by googlers who spent their one-day per week on projects thru Google Labs. About two weeks ago, the world largest search engine announced to close down its popular Google Labs where many Google services and gadgets were initially innovated thru the Labs, such as Google Maps and Google News. However, to make stock holders happy, Google new boss Larry Page is working hard to prioritize cash cows projects which will require all googlers valuable time during working hours.
The most interesting feature of the new Hotel Finder is that users can add free-form shapes (highlighted in “blue” color lines) to Google Maps. By having this shape, it will restrict the list of search results to particular attractive areas in which Google highlighted as “popular areas” in white color. Many comparison sites catered for finding hotels have introduced shapes to filter results (in cycle or rectangle), but there are no one offer free-form shapes to select hotels. As users decide from the full list of hotels (highlighted in "blue" dots), Hotel Finder also lets users to add hotels they like to a shortlist (in "red" dots).