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Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible

Google made local business pages (and the reviews contained within) a lot more visible this week, with the launch of Google Now for the iPhone and iPad. That includes negative reviews from anonymous, non-accountable “Google Users,” just so you know. Are anonymous reviews on Google business pages a problem? Let us know what you think in the comments. Google Now …

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Twitter May Help You Surface Tweets in Your Vicinity [REPORT]

Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature that would make it infinitely more useful for people who use the service to find out about things going on around them. I mean right around them. Like, you know, near them. Geographically. According to All Things D, who quotes multiple sources, Twitter is currently testing a feature that allows users to discover …

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Google Launches New Zagat App For Android (And It’s Free)

Google has launched a new Zagat app for Android devices in one of a handful of recent Google+ Local-related announcements from the company. And in case you were wondering, it does come with a Google flavor. “While our ratings and reviews were always available in guidebooks and to paid digital subscribers, a few months ago, we announced our integration into …

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Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles

Google has added a new feature to Google+ where users can see the local businesses that others have reviewed. Under the “About” tab on a user’s profile page, there is now a section called “local,” which will show you how many reviews the user has. You can click through to see the reviews. Google announced the feature in a Google+ …

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Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local

Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. A similar system is now hitting the desktop experience. Google’s Megan Stevenson posted the following to Google+ on Wednesday: Megan …

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Google Results Are Getting More Local

Google released a big list of 65 changes it has made to its algorithms over the course of August and September, and some of those changes are specifically geared towards making Google better for finding local information. Google has been working on improving its local experience for years (though businesses aren’t always happy with the directions the search engine decides …

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Regardless Of iOS, Google Maps Is Having Some Issues Of Its Own

iPhone users may be missing Google Maps (and having their own issues with Apple Maps), but some businesses are having some issues of their own with Google Maps. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a Google Places Help forum thread, where users are complaining about missing business information, though Google has addressed the issues. Google’s Jade Wang says, …

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Google Tweaks Mobile Ratings, Adds Favorite Stars On Google+ Local

Google announced a couple of updates to Google+ Local today. First, on Google Maps for Android, the ratings system has been adjusted so you can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. On the desktop, Google has brought back “favorite” stars, which let you star placers to see later. The updates were announced in a Google+ post from Google’s …

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Yelp App For iPhone Is Supposed To Be “Awesome”

Yelp has redesigned its mobile experience, and it’s getting a great deal of praise (particularly the updated iPhone app). “The old design of our business pages has served us well, but it was time for a remodel,” said Yelp’s Director of Consumer & Mobile Products in a blog post. “We tore it down to the studs and built it back …

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Google’s New Local Ratings Costing Businesses Clicks?

It seems that Google’s decision to replace its star rating system with Zagat scores for local search results isn’t a huge hit with some businesses. Do you like Google’s new approach to local business ratings? Let us know in the comments. Last month, Google revealed what appears to be the primary reason it acquired Zagat, when it announced Google+ Local, …

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Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings

Apple, as I’m sure you’ve heard, made a number of major announcements this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Some of them were search-related. Apple’s browser, Safari, for example, is getting search functionality similar to Google’s Chrome, as well as Baidu as a search option. Apple’s Siri is doing more in the way of retrieving answers related to sports, movie …

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Local SEO Factors: Survey Attempts To Rank 90 Of Them

Portland-based David Mihm Web Design put out the results of a big local search survey, attempting to rank the top 90 local search factors that influence a business’ local Google rankings. It’s an interesting list, but it’s hard to say just how accurate it is, as Google plays its rankings signals cards pretty close to its chest. That said, it …

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