All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Places’

This Business Is Furious With Google For Deleting Hundreds Of Reviews

In May, Google announced Google+ Local, which would replace Place Pages, and overhaul Google’s entire local business review search results. We’ve written in the past about how the transition may be costing business clicks, and we’re still seeing some pretty upset businesses talking about Google deleting reviews, which again, could be costing them customers. What do you think of Google’s …

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How To Get Started With The Google Places API In 15 Minutes

Google uploaded two videos about the Google Places API today. The first one is about getting started with the API, and the second one is a Q&A on the same topic. Together, you’re looking at about fifteen minutes of your time, and if this is something you think your app might be able to benefit from, you might as well …

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Know When Your Favorite Store Is Open With The Google Places API

Out of all the APIs that Google has released updates for this year, it seems that Google Places is the one they love the most. It has consistently received the biggest and best updates that really help developers take advantage of the powerful tools it offers. The latest update further solidifies the fact that Google is playing favorites. At Google …

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Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local

Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Local, a new social local search experience that will spread across Google+, Google Search and Google’s mobile search. It uses Zagat ratings and Google+ connections, and gives businesses a chance to make their local search presence more social. Google said business owners will continue to manage their local listings the same way, …

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Google Places API Gets Events Support

Google is always supporting their APIs with new features and the like, but they’ve been spending a lot of effort on the Places API recently. That’s to be expected since the Places API is great for businesses and the regular users who want to find said businesses. There are still a few features lacking, but Google is quickly fixing that. …

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Google Suggests Closing Old Listings In Places When Changing Addresses

SEO Barry Scwhartz blogged about moving to a new office, saying that Google suggested he close his listing and open a new one. However, in doing that, there’s no guarantee that he would retain any reviews that had ben posted. He shares what a Google rep told him: “If you mark the old listing closed, and create a new one, …

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Google Implementing Places API Search Refinements

One of the more interesting things Google has been involved with recently is its Places API. When it brought search along for the ride, it made the Places API even more valuable. There were still areas in which search could be improved. Thankfully, Google has been proactive in bringing updates to the Places API to make it more valuable to …

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Glitch in Google Reviews for Places

Hamish McKenzie over at PandoDaily recently noticed an interesting “glitch” regarding how Google lists its reviews of various places in search. For example, when searching for Fior d’Italia Restaurant in San Francisco, Google initially presents 145 reviews. Though, when actually reading said reviews, only 17 are actually present. Here’s a look at the discrepancy: Even if one were to take …

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Google Places Autocomplete Removes The Tedium Of Address Entry Pages

I have my disagreements with Google, but we’re on the level more often than not. You see, Google agrees with me that address entry pages on the Internet are stupid. They’re slow, tedious and only serve to slow me down as I’m rushing to buy some awesome new toy or t-shirt on one of those deal-a-day Web sites. Surely there’s …

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Google Places Gives Small Business Bulk Upload Capability

Google Places is playing their part to make managing small businesses with more than one location easier than ever. Essentially, people have been giving them feedback on what could make their site better, and they have been listening. Starting yesterday you can manage updates and edits to multiple locations with their new bulk uploads user interface. So if you’ve been …

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Google Places API Discussed In Latest Office Hours

It’s a new week which means it’s time for another Google Office Hours via Hangout. This week we have Paul Saxman and Marcello Camello of the Google Maps API team talking in length about the Google Places API and the latest developments there. The first subject being discussed in this Hangout is Google Places autocomplete. It’s essentially the same autocomplete …

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Google Places Helps Small Businesses Get Noticed

Google has touted the benefits of Google+ for small businesses through various promotional videos. One service that doesn’t get a lot of public love in regards to small businesses is Google Places. The Google Places team held a Hangout on Google+ recently to answer questions small businesses may have about the service. The Hangout covered some core topics that small …

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