Google Places Now Google+ Local


Published on - Google has replaced Google Places with Google+ Local, which allows businesses to combine their Google+ Page with their location on Google Maps. Google+ users can now rate, review and upload photos for various businesses and locations. [...]

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Google Places Now Google+ Local

  1. 1. Google Places Now Google+ Local 14, 2012  By Molly TrohaGoogle has replaced Google Places with Google+ Local. Google+ Local allows businesses to combinetheir Google+ Page with their location on Google Maps.Google+ users can now rate, review and upload photos for various businesses and locations. Users getpersonalized recommendations, see what places their friends have rated, and can help others find greatplaces.Google has combined forces with Zagat to allow the user to see more comprehensive reviews of localbusinesses based on Zagats 30-point scoring system and summary of user reviews.Within Google+, the new "Local" tab, located on the right-hand side, encourages users to learn moreabout the places around them. For example, by searching for a restaurant or store through the tab, a  
  2. 2. Google+ page will appear with photos, reviews from people in your Circles, Zagat scores and summaries,and general information such as a businesss address and hours.Google+ Local does not only exist within Google+ though. Users will be able to discover Google+ Localpages through regular Google search, Google Maps, or the Google Maps mobile app. As a result,Google+ becomes another local search destination within Google, arguably with richer content and morefunctionality than Google search offers at the SERP level.Not unlike similar functionality offered in Foursquare, users will be able to sort and filter search results byseveral criteria, including a users Google+ Circles, which will reveal places "touched" by friends.Currently this applies to reviews and posts, but in the future could extend to check-ins.Google+ Local pages are much more visually interesting and offer a wider variety of information. Notpreviously possible in Google Places, in Google+ Local, merchants can gain followers and sendmessages. Merchants now have access to social interactions similar to those available on Facebook andTwitter.Overview of whats new: • Google Places pages being replaced by Google+ Local pages • The new "Local" tab in Google+ • The integration and free availability of Zagat reviews (its entire archive across categories) • The integration of Google+ Local pages across Google platforms (Search, Maps, Mobile) • Integration of a filter to find reviews/recommendations from members in your Google+ Circles.